quicksand

Definitions:

  • Sand that is mixed with water in a collected mass and yields easily to pressure so that objects on its surface tend to sink and become engulfed.
  • A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible.
  • A movable sand-bank in a sea, lake, or river; a large mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water formed on many sea-coasts, at the mouths and in the channels of rivers, etc., sometimes dangerous to vessels, and especially to travelers.
  • To catch in a quicksand.
  • To cover with quicksands: as, a <em>quicksanded</em> coast.
  • Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of extricating a person who begins sinking into it.
  • Wet <xref>sand</xref> that things readily <xref>sink</xref> in, often found near rivers or coasts
  • Anything that <xref>pulls</xref> one <xref>down</xref> or buries one metaphorically
  • a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
  • a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down
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