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quagmirenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkwɒɡ.maɪər/  us   /ˈkwæɡ.maɪr/
an area of soft, wet ground that you sink into if you try to walk on it: At the end of the game, the pitch was a real quagmire.
a difficult and dangerous situation: Since the coup, the country has sunk deeper into a quagmire of violence and lawlessness.
(Definition of quagmire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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quagmirenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkwæɡˌmɑɪər, ˈkwɑɡ-/
a situation that can easily trap you so that you become involved with problems from which it is difficult to escape: When I tried to get my tax situation straightened out with the government, I ran into a bureaucratic quagmire.
(Definition of quagmire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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