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

Examples of quicksand in a Sentence

freed from the quicksands of war mired in the quicksand of credit card debt
Recent Examples on the Web As an example, Lindsey cites the sculpture of a Columbian mammoth sinking into the Lake Pit outside the La Brea Tar Pits Museum—a portrayal that could perpetuate the misconception that asphalt pools were like quicksand. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2022 In 2021 Citizens Advice warned that BNPL borrowing can be like quicksand – easy to slip into and difficult to get out of. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 20 Feb. 2022 Quite unique, the theta variant spreads via quicksand. Nate Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 While the drama triangle operates like quicksand in the workplace, miring even uninvolved bystander employees into drama, there is an antidote. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2022 The election also lacked a constitutional basis and rested on legal quicksand, experts said. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Nagy had to answer for all that went wrong as the Bears — on the doorstep of a relieving victory — again found a way to slip on a banana peel, fall into a pit of quicksand and get stuck directly under a cloud of falling anvils. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 22 Nov. 2021 The rest of us were mired in the quicksand of limbo. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2021 And right now, the condition of contemporary life is to shepherd entire generations into this spiritual quicksand. Chris Hayes, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of quicksand

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quicksand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicksand. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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