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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUICKSAND

That green strip of willow is the edge of a quicksand where no one knows the depth.

The boys will think a quicksand has swallowed us, and no one will be sleeping there at Soledad.

In some places it seemed as bottomless as a pit of quicksand.

She had married the solid Hermie, and he had turned out to be quicksand.

You never know where you'll meet a quicksand, or a hole in the ice.

That love, too, like a quicksand, too often proves a destroyer to the weak-minded.

This island of heath, dune, and quicksand is wild and romantic.

I was one of those who helped to throw them into the quicksand pit.

Don't you remember that when we found the other two out, they were sent to the quicksand pit?

And weren't they afterward thrown into the quicksand pit to die?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Middle English quyk "living" (see quick (adj.)) + sond "sand" (see sand (n.)). Old English had cwecesund, but this might have meant "lively strait of water."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR QUICKSAND

mire

nounmuck, morass
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