- A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot.
- A difficult or precarious situation or state of affairs.
From middle english quagmire, quagmire, from old english cwacmyrge ("marsh"), from cwac ("shaky, quivering") + myrge ("marsh").
- The troops struggled to move through the quagmire of the swamp.
- The company found itself in a financial quagmire after the stock market crash.
- The project is stuck in a quagmire of red tape and bureaucracy.
- The city's transportation system is in a quagmire of debt and mismanagement.
- Trapped in a quagmire of debt, the company was forced to declare bankruptcy.