Definition of quicksand in US English:



also quicksands
  • 1Loose wet sand that yields easily to pressure and sucks in anything resting on or falling into it.

    • ‘Far from holding the intellectual high ground, economics rests on foundations of quicksand.’
    • ‘If you're out of work and find yourself sinking in financial quicksand, don't be too proud to yell for help.’
    • ‘There is no doubt the playwright can turn a beautiful phrase, but By the Bog of Cats is so absorbed in its own desire to be lyrical and mysterious, it fails to notice that it is sinking into the quicksands of pretension.’
    • ‘Queen Anne's commissioners were seriously concerned about foundations in Millbank's quicksands, calling repeatedly for reports from architects, surveyors and master tradesmen.’
    • ‘Explore the sands, catch some fish and learn about quicksands with Cedric Robinson.’
    • ‘Morecambe Bay is notoriously dangerous, with fast rising tides and quicksands.’
    • ‘Victims are sucked down by quicksands and drowned by the tides that can race in faster than a man can run.’
    • ‘When John died, in October 1216, shortly after losing part of his baggage train in quicksands in the Wash, the country was torn in two by a civil war which was going badly for the Angevins.’
    • ‘We naturally turn to the Bible for guidance and find ourselves mired in interpretive quicksand.’
    • ‘As Martin Luther King Jr. told us, "Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice."’
    • ‘We've all done it, its like walking in quicksand, the more you struggle the faster you sink.’
    • ‘There's no worse place on earth for quicksand and nobody can top my men for sand rescue.’
    • ‘In desperation, she tried to force her unwilling feet to move, but it was as though she were mired in quicksand.’
    • ‘When an old coach route from Lancaster to Kendal used to take a shortcut across the bay, several coaches were either overtaken by the tide or sucked under in quicksand.’
    • ‘Stay on the foreshore and do not go onto the sands - nobody knows where the quicksands are.’
    • ‘Confronting seven different objections to our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures, he charts a course through the philosophical quicksands that often engulf us.’
    • ‘With quicksand, the more you struggle in it the faster you will sink.’
    • ‘It is into this quicksand that the public finances are now fast sinking.’
    • ‘The only person to come out well from the whole affair was Harold, who is portrayed on the Bayeux Tapestry rescuing some of William's men from the quicksands in front of Mont St. Michel.’
    • ‘His warnings proved to be accurate during the building of the Tuam Street pumping station as there was great difficulty because of the quicksands and beds of shingle around the site.’
    swamp, bog, morass, peat bog, quagmire, quag, slough, sump, fen, fenland, swampland, marshland, wetland, salt marsh, saltings, salina
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    1. 1.1 A bad or dangerous situation from which it is hard to escape.
      ‘John found himself sinking fast in financial quicksand’
      • ‘I was sinking in a quicksand of bitterness.’
      • ‘Are you sinking in a bit of financial quick sand?’
      • ‘But the Middle East has proved more of a quicksand for her talents.’
      • ‘Would Israel Defense Forces soldiers find themselves fighting on political quicksand?’
      • ‘The quicksand of compound interest is real.’
      • ‘The boom that was built on the quicksand of inflation then comes to a sudden end.’
      • ‘We naturally turn to the Bible for guidance and find ourselves mired in interpretive quicksand.’
      • ‘The difficulty in nailing down the hardware/software cost component isn't in the definitions, it is keeping your footing in the quicksand of technology.’
      • ‘Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.’
      • ‘We'd go on, but disputing these petty points is the quicksand of journalism.’
      • ‘Unconventional measures - quantitative easing - seem to have been sufficient to avoid the quicksand of deflation.’
      • ‘But in recent years attendance has plunged, forcing the track into financial quicksand.’
      • ‘But going negative could be political quicksand for Senator Obama.’
      • ‘Stay too long and you inevitably drown in a quicksand of disappointment, seedy nostalgia and self-deception.’
      • ‘And private lives will always be the quick sand of American politics.’
      • ‘Suddenly its own chosen ground of national security had turned into quicksand.’
      • ‘Each day we seem to sink deeper into the quicksand of self-indulgence.’
      • ‘Our constitutional system, despite six major revisions, has apparently become trapped by a quicksand of confusion.’
      • ‘His own transition came via the quicksand of television soap opera.’
      • ‘Alito was treading carefully to avoid the same quicksand that dragged Miers down.’