The soft wet ground which people sometimes sink into and find very difficult to get out of is referred to as “quagmire”. The word can also be used figuratively. When you say that you have been caught in a “quagmire” what you mean is that you are not making any progress because you have been caught in a very complicated situation.

Here is an example. *After the heavy downpour, the road leading to the forest had become a quagmire.

The “qu” sounds like the “qu” in “quit”, “queen”, and “quiz”; the following “a” is like the “a” in “act”, “bat”, and “tap”. “Mire” rhymes with “fire”, “dire”, and “tire”.. The main stress is on the first syllable.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, November 29, 2004


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