quick·​sand | \ˈkwik-ˌsand \

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

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Examples of quicksand in a Sentence

freed from the quicksands of war mired in the quicksand of credit card debt

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If quicksand met a garbage disposal branded by Slip 'N Slide, that'd be my eyelids. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "My Eyeshadow Wouldn’t Last an Hour Without Fenty’s Primer," 27 July 2018 Where are the glittering teals and turquoises one ogles from the plane? Teals and aquas can be misused, and turquoise is quicksand for the beginner. Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012 Claudia has been a constant in Carson’s quicksand childhood, his legal guardian while Stephens was addicted and homeless; Claudia wrestled him away from his father, who has since been sent to federal prison for drug trafficking. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 There’s a story of at least one rider, who knew the trail very well, but was trying to take a short cut one night and ended up in quicksand and only survived by luck. National Geographic, "Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us," 23 June 2018 Researching airfare is like getting stuck in a pit of quicksand with a Saharan dust storm swirling around you. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Buckle up! Air travel has become turbulent in more ways than one," 18 June 2018 Her positivity can at times be a little hard to swallow, considering the financial quicksand that still engulfs her. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 As the weight of it all swallows him like quicksand, Hawke’s character plays like cabbie Travis Bickle recast as someone more civilized, a man of the cloth. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader," 25 May 2018 Liquefaction: Shaking from an earthquake can cause land to behave like quicksand, causing the ground to fail. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Worried about being on top of an earthquake fault? New California maps will let you know on a smartphone," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of quicksand

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of quicksand

: deep, wet sand into which heavy objects sink easily

: a situation that is dangerous and difficult to escape from


quick·​sand | \ˈkwik-ˌsand \

Kids Definition of quicksand

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

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