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

n a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

Synonyms:
morass, quag, quagmire, slack
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

n deep soft mud in water or slush

Synonyms:
slop
Type of:
clay, mud
water soaked soil; soft wet earth

n 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”
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

v 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

v soil with mud, muck, or mire

Synonyms:
muck, muck up, mud
Type of:
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
make soiled, filthy, or dirty

v 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
Type of:
stand still
remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile

v entrap

“Our people should not be mired in the past”
Synonyms:
entangle
Type of:
involve
engage as a participant

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