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Quagmire

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Qua'gmire. n.s. [that is, quakemire.] A shaking marsh; a bog that trembles under the feet.

The fen and quagmire, so marish by kind,
Are to be drained.
Tusser.

Your hearts I'll stamp out with my horse's heels,
And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.
Shakesp.

Poor Tom! whom the foul fiend hath through ford and whirlpool, o'er bog and quagmire. Shakesp.

The wet particles might have easily ever mingled with the dry, and so all had either been sea or quagmire. More.

The brain is of such a clammy consistence, that it can no more retain motion than a quagmire. Glanvill's Sceps.

Sources: Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · More, Henry (28) · Tusser, Thomas (25)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Quagmire." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5829.


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