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  • 1 Quagmire — may refer to any of the following: Fictional Characters *Glenn Quagmire (often called merely Quagmire ), a character from the animated television sitcom Family Guy *Quagmire (comics), a Marvel Comics character *Quagmire McDuck, a minor character… …

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  • 2 quagmire — [n1] bad situation box*, corner*, difficulty, dilemma, entanglement, fix, hole*, imbroglio, impasse, involvement, jam, mire, morass, muddle, pass, perplexity, pickle*, pinch*, plight, predicament, quandary, scrape, trouble; concepts 666,674 Ant.… …

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  • 3 quagmire — [kwag′mīr΄, kwäg′mīr΄] n. [ QUAG + MIRE] 1. wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot 2. a difficult or inextricable position [a quagmire of debts] …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Quagmire — Quag mire , n. [Quake + mire.] Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet. A spot surrounded by quagmires, which rendered it difficult of access. Palfrey. [1913 Webster] Syn: Morass; marsh; bog; swamp; fen; slough. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 quagmire — I noun complication, crisis, critical situation, dead end, deadlock, difficulty, dilemma, distress, emergency, entanglement, exigency, imbroglio, impasse, involvement, mess, misfortune, muddle, nonplus, perplexity, pinch, plight, predicament,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 quagmire — (n.) 1570s, from obsolete QUAG (Cf. quag) bog, marsh + MIRE (Cf. mire) (n.). Extended sense of difficult situation, inextricable position is recorded by 1766 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 quagmire — ► NOUN 1) a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot. 2) a complex or difficult situation …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 quagmire — [[t]kwæ̱gmaɪə(r)[/t]] quagmires 1) N COUNT: usu sing with supp A quagmire is a difficult, complicated, or unpleasant situation which is not easy to avoid or escape from. His people had fallen further and further into a quagmire of confusion... We …

    English dictionary

  • 9 quagmire — noun /ˈkwɒɡ.maɪə(ɹ)/ a) A swampy, soggy area of ground. That quagmire regularly swallows caught up hikers boots b) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament. The pap …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 quagmire — n. in a quagmire of * * * in a quagmire of …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 quagmire — quag|mire [ˈkwægmaıə, ˈkwɔg US ˈkwægmaır] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: quag soft wet ground (16 20 centuries) (perhaps from quag to shake (17 19 centuries)) + mire] 1.) an area of soft wet muddy ground ▪ In the rainy season… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 quagmire — noun (countable usually singular) 1 an area of soft wet muddy ground: In the rainy season the roads become a quagmire. 2 a difficult or complicated situation: Public housing regulations are a legislative quagmire …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 quagmire — noun 1) the field became a quagmire Syn: swamp, morass, bog, marsh, muskeg, mire, slough; archaic quag 2) a judicial quagmire Syn: muddle, mix up, mess, predicament, mare s ne …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 quagmire — UK [ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə(r)] / UK [ˈkwɒɡˌmaɪə(r)] / US [ˈkwæɡˌmaɪr] noun [countable] Word forms quagmire : singular quagmire plural quagmires 1) a situation that is so difficult or complicated that you cannot make much progress 2) mainly literary an area… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 quagmire — quagmiry, adj. /kwag muyeur , kwog /, n. 1. an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog. 2. a situation from which extrication is very difficult: a quagmire of financial indebtedness. 3. anything soft or flabby.… …

    Universalium

  • 16 quagmire — [16] The now virtually defunct word quag denoted a ‘marsh’, particularly one with a top layer of turf that moved when you trod on it. Combination with mire (which also originally meant ‘marsh’, and is related to English moss) produced quagmire.… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 quagmire — [ kwagmʌɪə, kwɒg ] noun 1》 a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot. 2》 a complex or difficult situation: a legal quagmire …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 quagmire — [16] The now virtually defunct word quag denoted a ‘marsh’, particularly one with a top layer of turf that moved when you trod on it. Combination with mire (which also originally meant ‘marsh’, and is related to English moss) produced quagmire.… …

    Word origins

  • 19 quagmire — noun Date: circa 1580 1. soft miry land that shakes or yields under the foot 2. a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position ; predicament …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 quagmire —    A wet unstable land area [16] …

    Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology