quagmire - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə(r)/

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/ˈkwɒɡˌmaɪə(r)/
singularquagmire
pluralquagmires
  1. 1
    a situation that is so difficult or complicated that you cannot make much progress
  2. 2
    mainly literary an area of very wet land that is too soft to walk on
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