quick·​sand ˈkwik-ˌsand How to pronounce quicksand (audio)
: sand readily yielding to pressure
especially : a deep mass of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects readily sink
: something that entraps or frustrates
lead poor people into consumerist quicksandRobert 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 Now is the time to lift our nations from the quicksand of racial injustice, to the solid rock of brotherhood. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2023 The Sox are falling off a cliff, with a few sticks of dynamite strapped onto their backs, and into a vat of quicksand. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 As in the attraction, the paintings on the wall stretch as the room grows bigger, revealing horrible things such as alligators, quicksand and dynamite. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 30 July 2023 In the fourth inning on Monday night, Sale’s chance at redemption drowned in quicksand. Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2023 Cook Inlet Academy coach Josh Hawley’s message to his team at halftime of its quarterfinal game at the Alaska state 1A girls basketball tournament was simple: Stay out of the quicksand. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023 This puts the Americans in the position of fighting a war that’s like quicksand. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 18 Apr. 2023 Rodriguez, the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, fell into quicksand in the fourth inning last weekend and couldn’t climb his way out — committing an error, throwing a wild pitch, walking two and allowing a double off the wall in the frame. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 24 Mar. 2023 While some people may genuinely help, there's no point in sacrificing yourself to a person who is choosing to walk on quicksand. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quicksand was in the 14th century

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“Quicksand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicksand. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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quick·​sand ˈkwik-ˌsand How to pronounce quicksand (audio)
: a deep mass of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects sink

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