quicksand

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English quyksande, from Old English cwecesand(quicksand), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz(living, active) + Proto-Germanic *samdaz, *samdą(sand), equivalent to quick(living) +‎ sand. Cognate with Dutch kwikzand(quicksand), German Quicksand(quicksand), Icelandic kwiksandur, kviksyndi(quicksand). More at quick, sand.

Noun[edit]

quicksand ‎(countable and uncountable, plural quicksands)

  1. Wet sand that things readily sink in, often found near rivers or coasts
    My feet were firmly lodged in the quicksand, and the more I struggled the more I sank into it.
  2. Anything that pulls one down or buries one metaphorically
    The quicksands of youth...

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