Definition of quicksand
1 : sand readily yielding to pressure; especially : a deep mass of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects readily sink
2 : something that entraps or frustrates lead poor people into consumerist quicksand — Robert Wright
Examples of quicksand in a Sentence
freed from the quicksands of war
mired in the quicksand of credit card debt
Recent Examples of quicksand from the Web
For Mr. McConnell, cutting taxes is a much higher priority than health care, which time and President Trump have turned into quicksand for him and his fellow Republicans.
Every driveway in South Brook is like that in the summer of 1974: kickstand quicksand.
After Saturday’s March for Truth, where activists called for answers on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) strolled offstage and straight into quicksand.
What if there were a way to avoid that conversational quicksand?
Lift you to safety when the downward pull of quicksand is mightiest.
To be clear, the attraction to Trubisky as the potential savior to tug the franchise out of the quicksand of NFL mediocrity had started long before mid-March.
In crunch time, though, all that movement can find quicksand when defenses tighten up.
The extent of my knowledge about MOBAs was exhausted in the preceding two paragraphs, so my first response to all of this was the sinking-in-quicksand feeling of being far out of my element.
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First Known Use of quicksand
QUICKSAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quicksand for English Language Learners
: deep, wet sand into which heavy objects sink easily
: a situation that is dangerous and difficult to escape from
QUICKSAND Defined for Kids
Definition of quicksand for Students
: a deep area of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects sink
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