quicksand

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English quyksande, from Old English cwecesand (quicksand), equivalent to quick (living) +‎ sand. Cognate with Swedish kvicksand (quicksand), Icelandic kviksandur, kviksyndi (quicksand). More at quick, sand.

NounEdit

quicksand (countable and uncountable, plural quicksands)

  1. Wet sand that things readily sink in, often found near rivers or coasts
    My feet were firmly lodged in the quicksand, and the more I struggled the more I sank into it.
  2. Anything that pulls one down or buries one metaphorically
    The quicksands of youth...

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