Examples of quagmire in a Sentence
- A Girl of the Limberlost is a Cinderella story whose wicked stepmother, in an interesting twist, is the heroine's real mother. She is a crazy person, deranged by grief for a husband who was sucked into a quagmire before her eyes when she was pregnant with Elnora. —Janet Malcolm, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2009
- That was six months ago, when the Defense secretary laughingly dismissed the idea that Iraq was, or could turn into, a quagmire. But as Rumsfeld sat down last Friday morning to face Sen. John McCain, who spent six years in a Vietnamese prison, no one was laughing. —Michael Hirsh et al., Newsweek, 17 Nov. 2003
- State involvement will create a vast bioethical quagmire. Even if everyone magically agrees that improving a child's memory is as valid as avoiding dyslexia, there will still be things taxpayers aren't ready to pay for—genes of unproven benefit, say, or alterations whose downsides may exceed the upside. —Robert Wright, Time, 11 Jan.1999
the party was once again facing its quadrennial quagmire: the candidate sufficiently liberal to win the nomination would be too liberal for the general election
a protracted custody dispute that became a judicial quagmire
Recent Examples of quagmire from the Web
CrisprCon excels at providing a platform to raise these kinds of big picture problems and moral quagmires.
The planning process is a bureaucratic quagmire, made worse by NIMBYism and nonsensical neighbour complaints.
After all, this is GE, a corporate aristocrat, an original Dow component, the world’s most celebrated management academy, now revealed as a financial quagmire with a deeply uncertain future.
Repairs may be years away, delayed by a financial and bureaucratic quagmire.
The mission to defeat ISIS subsequently slowed, and gave rise to a diplomatic quagmire for the United States.
The political quagmire in Olympia has left developers scrambling.
But in the Medium memo announcing CrowdPAC’s freeze on Republican campaigns, Thomas suggested that Trump had turned too many issues into racial quagmires.
The shipping industry contends this situation, along with varying state ballast regulations, has created a regulatory quagmire and that the new measure will streamline things for the industry and still protect the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters.
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QUAGMIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quagmire for English Language Learners
: an area of soft, wet ground
: a situation that is hard to deal with or get out of : a situation that is full of problems
QUAGMIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of quagmire for Students
- Repairing the old house became a costly quagmire.
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