• A swampy, soggy area of ground.

    "That quagmire regularly 'swallows' caught-up hikers' boots"

  • (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.

    "Those election results are a quagmire for any coalition except one of national union"

  • "The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy."

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