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  • n  a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
  • n  a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down

  • Covered with rock salt and slimy quicksand, Qattara is as desolate and lifeless as anything this side of the moon.
  • The African Union had already endorsed the plan, but Crisis Group saw nothing but quicksand.
  • Then Eddie Clontz became editor, and WWN gleefully leapt into the quicksand of fake news.
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  • On sacred ground in a Russian town
    A sea of humanity surged forward at the train station in Moscow, pushing me away from the ticket window. I was losing ground, fighting a crowd of people who'd survived both the slog of Soviet bureaucracy and the quicksand of anarchic capitalism. A wily octogenarian attempted to squeeze under my arm, and I blocked him with my backpack while shoving a random assortment of foreign bills at the ...
    June 12, 2013 - The Oakland Press
  • Sharapova struggles while Serena soars
    PARIS -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova struggled Thursday to escape quicksand on the clay, as she wasted four match points against Victoria Azarenka before regrouping a game later to post a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win into her second-straight French Open final.
    June 7, 2013 - The Biloxi Sun Herald
  • Johnson City's Annual Science Fair
    JOHNSON CITY -- Do you want to know what quicksand feels like? Well, fourth grade students at Johnson City found out about that and much more at their science fair Wednesday. "The point of the science far is just to get the kids interested in science. It's a great way to get them thinking about the scientific method. They were supposed to come up with something that they could test," said fourth ...
    June 5, 2013 - FOX 40 Binghamton

  • Guy Carbonneau in Forbes
    It's like walking in quicksand. You take one step forward and three steps back,Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "You have to work twice as hard to get somewhere. It seems like that's what we're doing right now."
  • Dan Meyer in San Jose Mercury News
    My effort level was way too much,Meyer said. "It was like quicksand. The harder I tried, the faster I fell. I have the stuff to pitch at this level. Right now it's a mental game. I have to polish it up a little bit. I have to get through...
  • Adam Hall in Canada.com
    Some periods the wind would be behind you and you'd feel like you were flying,said Hall. "The next period you're changing ends and you're skating right into it ...... feels like you're in quicksand."

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