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
The 39th district has remained a quagmire, with six Democrats on the ballot and a Republican advantage in early voting.
There were intense disputes between the White House and the Pentagon over troop levels as the Afghanistan war began to look like a quagmire.
Higher education experts around the country were at a loss Friday to name another university in a similar legal quagmire.
Imagine what would happen if the stars were to align and James were able to beat a superior team while rescuing a storied franchise from the gloomy quagmire of mediocrity.
Or is it simply being drawn into the quagmire of Middle Eastern intrigues, used by regional powers for their own interests—and garnering little strategic benefit for its efforts?
Some experts have expressed some skepticism though so far, given the lack of details and the quagmire that is the health care industry.
As the hostage cases multiplied and spread to the Mideast, so did the bureaucratic quagmire at home.
Instead, the two nations have been stuck in a quagmire.
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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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