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noun quick·sand \ˈkwik-ˌsand\

Definition of quicksand

  1. 1 :  sand readily yielding to pressure; especially :  a deep mass of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects readily sink

  2. 2 :  something that entraps or frustrates lead poor people into consumerist quicksand — Robert Wright

Examples of quicksand in a Sentence

  1. freed from the quicksands of war

  2. mired in the quicksand of credit card debt

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First Known Use of quicksand

14th century


QUICKSAND Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun quick·sand \ˈkwik-ˌsand\

Definition of quicksand for Students

  1. :  a deep area of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects sink



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