You'd be pretty soggy by morning if you accidentally set your tent up in a bog. A bog is a swampy kind of ground made up mostly of decomposing plants and mosses.

Nothing can be built on a bog because the ground is so spongy and damp, and no crops can be grown there. The dried soil from a bog can, however, be dried and burned for fuel. A figurative bog is anything that you tend to get stuck in, like a bog of health problems. Things can also "bog you down", or slow you down literally or figuratively, like when your homework bogs you down so you can't enjoy the weekend.

Definitions of bog
  1. noun
    wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
    synonyms: peat bog
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    mire, morass, quag, quagmire, slack
    a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
    a hollow filled with mud
    type of:
    a low area where the land is saturated with water
  2. verb
    cause to slow down or get stuck
    “The vote would bog down the house”
    synonyms: bog down
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    type of:
    slow, slow down, slow up
    cause to proceed more slowly
  3. verb
    get stuck while doing something
    “She bogged down many times while she wrote her dissertation”
    synonyms: bog down
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    type of:
    break, break off, discontinue, stop
    prevent completion
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