quicksand

noun
quick·​sand | \ ˈkwik-ˌsand How to pronounce quicksand (audio) \

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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Main street—the wide trench that ran through the center of camp—was bedded with what Langway recalls as filthy white quicksand. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 In February, Ryan Osmun was saved after he was stuck in quicksand at Utah’s Zion National Park for 11 hours. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "14-Year-Old Girl Gets Stuck in Chimney After Locking Herself Out of Family's California Home," 7 June 2019 Built in the eighth century, this UNESCO World Heritage site has been attacked and besieged, but rarely captured—perhaps due to the quicksand that surrounds the fortress at low tide! National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019 Sections of rocks and sand feel like never-ending speed bumps mixed with quicksand. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "A Day on the New Indian FTR 1200, Then Tequila," 16 May 2019 That means workers dug through water and quicksand as the structure above them was dismantled. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 To fall into the quicksand of you and be swallowed whole. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 Few of the buildings in Palu’s suburbs of Petobo, Biromaru and Bala Roa could withstand the sideways mudslide that engulfed those communities in expanses of oozing quicksand. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Disaster undoes hard-won progress for Indonesian port city," 2 Oct. 2018 Houses and trees slipped and slid as the ground beneath turned into something approaching quicksand. James Hookway, WSJ, "Extent of Indonesia Devastation Surprised Earthquake Watchers," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of quicksand

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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quicksand

noun

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

quicksand

noun
quick·​sand | \ ˈkwik-ˌsand How to pronounce quicksand (audio) \

Kids Definition of quicksand

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

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