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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkwɒɡ.maɪə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkwæɡ.maɪəɹ/
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- Hyphenation: quag‧mire
quagmire (plural quagmires)
- A swampy, soggy area of ground.
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure:
- Never did I see a more dreary and depressing scene. Miles on miles of quagmire, varied only by bright green strips of comparatively solid ground, and by deep and sullen pools fringed with tall rushes, in which the bitterns boomed and the frogs croaked incessantly: miles on miles of it without a break, unless the fever fog can be called a break.
- (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
- The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy.
- Those election results are a quagmire for any coalition except one of national union
- 2019 May 5, Danette Chavez, “Campaigns are waged on and off the Game Of Thrones battlefield (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club:
- I’ve had my doubts about Daenerys’ ability to rule, inspired in part by the quagmire in Meereen. Still, this feels like a precipitous decline. The queen of sobriquets has always been power hungry.
perilous, mixed up and troubled situation
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