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Below you will find the definition of quagmire, followed by 33 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
EXAMPLES - Quagmire in a Sentence
- M. O'BRIEN: The word quagmire comes to mind, doesn't it? (source)
- Man, a literal piss/shit quagmire is a revolting thing to imagine. (source)
- Not finding WMDs was very bad but this ongoing quagmire is even worse. (source)
- As the New York Times reports, the growing Iraq quagmire is no exception. (source)
- He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby,' rather than the word 'quagmire.' (source)
- Simple man, complex issue Landis entangled in quagmire that's not likely to fade away. (source)
- HEMMER: He was thinking in the early '60s, the word quagmire, is that what you're saying? (source)
- Unfortunately it seems like the Democratic quagmire is full of emotion and very little reasoning. (source)
- All around the quagmire were the skeletons of what had once been great lusty trees with far-spreading limbs. (source)
- BLITZER: Now, the word quagmire has got a lot of historic connotation, as you well know, referring to Vietnam. (source)
- But his use of the word quagmire, if you're an administration critic, you can't help but love that piece of tape. (source)
- The whole middle east quagmire is as a result of the U.S. policy in backing the most unbending nation in the world. (source)
- This organizational quagmire is just another data point in my long-running theory that everything in the world is owned by Coke and Pepsi. (source)
- With the willing left wing press's assistance 60% of Americans believe we are in a "quagmire" - a word heard endlessly during the Vietnam era. (source)
- In the meantime, my mind taunts me with wars -- namely in VietNam and Iraq et al. I'm almost embarrassed to harp on that old "quagmire" bugaboo. (source)
- A word of caution to the president: The distance between being a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and perilously stuck in a quagmire is a nebulous one. (source)
- Long before the word quagmire was applied to Vietnam, Mark Twain used it to describe America's Philippines entanglement, which he vigorously opposed. (source)
- After everything you did to end the war in Vietnam, we now find ourselves in another quagmire, which is monopolizing the resources of the entire planet. (source)
- The results show that Iraqis are generally more patient and optimistic than America's "quagmire" - obsessed media, though there are some disturbing results. (source)
- He said Nik Aziz accepted his explanation and the meeting had diffused the so-called quagmire in PAS, with both agreeing to settle their differences amicably. (source)
- So, given all this new attention to the fine art of listening, why is President Obama so unable to hear the word "quagmire" when he turns his attention to Afghanistan? (source)
- Pentagon officials noted that during the Afghanistan war in the fall of 2001, the pundits began predicting a "quagmire" -- right before the Taliban broke and Al Qaeda fled for the hills. (source)
- But it may also be that he earned that trust - that by calling a quagmire what it was, he showed that a false even-handedness that flies in the face of reality is not the same as honesty. (source)
- But it may also be that he earned that trust -- that by calling a quagmire what it was, he showed that a false even-handedness that flies in the face of reality is not the same as honesty. (source)
- There are three narratives that help Americans explain Pakistani hostility: let's call them the "secret enemy" narrative, the "two-faced government" narrative, and the "quagmire" narrative. (source)
- Unlike quagmire, which is occupation driven, "3 for 1 and Done" is premised upon both a natural extension and conclusion to the going-in liberation theme, the one which we the American people embraced and approved for the invasion. (source)
- The parallel's between our involvement in Afghanistan and our crisis in the Gulf of Mexico are more striking than imagined - one is based on greed and the other is based on ideals, but the quagmire is the same and not instantly fixed. (source)
- Why, for example, is New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, the paper's reliably liberal tribune, calling Afghanistan a "quagmire" -- after denouncing the Bush administration in 2006 for "taking its eye off the real enemy in Afghanistan"? (source)
- Either course of action will bring short-term howls of recrimination from the right ... but this mini-surge deeper into the quagmire is going to sink the administration without question. declining 35 percent approval rating for management of the war in Afghanistan (source)
- But when you watch the debate now about Afghanistan, the same organizations that oppose the war in Iraq, urging their supporters to call the president, pressure the president, don't send more troops to Afghanistan, using the word quagmire, do you see it happening again? (source)
- Here we are again in the middle of a "quagmire" that has cost more than a million lives (4,600 of them Americans), and almost $700 billion, threatening to cost another $179 billion in 2010 and with a "liberal" president about to send in tens of thousands of additional troops. (source)
- There's no sign that it actually has, but quagmire is just one of the worst cliches in the business, and I think every reporter should have a special feature on their spell and grammar check and when they try to type in the word quagmire, it pops up and says, "Do you realize you're using, probably, the laziest, most inappropriate cliche possible, please reconsider." (source)
- About the other candidates, he said, excuse me, he was -- you know that Steve Martin thing, excuse me, he was the only major candidate who made the right judgment, and said, don't tell me this guy can't deal with national security when the Bush people and some of the Democrat candidates supported him in getting us into what he calls a quagmire, that's a Vietnam phrase. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 33 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "quagmire" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 23 synonyms for quagmire.
box, corner, difficulty, dilemma, entanglement, fix, hole, imbroglio, impasse, involvement, jam, mire, morass, muddle, pass, perplexity, pickle, pinch, plight, predicament, quandary, scrape, trouble
We have 13 antonyms for quagmire.
advantage, agreement, benefit, blessing, boon, closure, contentment, ease, good fortune, peace, pleasure, solution, success
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (kwăgˈmīrˌ, kwŏgˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of quagmire from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Land with a soft muddy surface.
- (noun) A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A swampy, soggy area of ground.
- (noun) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Soft, wet, boggy land that trembles under the foot; a marsh; a bog; a fen.
- (noun) Synonyms Slough, Bog, etc. See marsh.
- (None) To entangle or sink in or as in a quagmire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot