mire

A mire is mushy ground like quicksand, so if you feel yourself trapped in a sticky situation, consider yourself mired. One gets mired IN something — like in a dispute or in a love triangle.

Mire still has its original, though less-used, sense of a slushy, muddy bit of land that gives way underfoot, also known as a quagmire. One of the most famous mires in literary history was the one haunted by the Hound of the Baskervilles in Conan Doyle's classic. Have the fibs you told your beloved come back to haunt you? You're stuck in a mire then, a treacherous situation it's going to be pretty hard to squirm out of.

Definitions of mire
  1. noun
    a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
    synonyms: morass, quag, quagmire, slack
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    type of:
    bog, peat bog
    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
  2. noun
    deep soft mud in water or slush
    synonyms: slop
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    type of:
    clay, mud
    water soaked soil; soft wet earth
  3. noun
    a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from
    “the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president”
    “caught in the mire of poverty”
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    type of:
    difficulty
    a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
  4. verb
    cause to get stuck as if in a mire
    “The mud mired our cart”
    synonyms: bog down
    bog down, get stuck, grind to a halt
    be unable to move further
  5. verb
    soil with mud, muck, or mire
    synonyms: muck, muck up, mud
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    type of:
    begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
    make soiled, filthy, or dirty
  6. verb
    be unable to move further
    synonyms: bog down, get stuck, grind to a halt
    bog down
    cause to get stuck as if in a mire
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    type of:
    stand still
    remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile
  7. verb
    entrap
    “Our people should not be mired in the past”
    synonyms: entangle
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    type of:
    involve
    engage as a participant
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