By much trampling, we had made it a mere quagmire.
Our city, tho’ laid out with a beautiful regularity, the streets large, strait, and crossing each other at right angles, had the disgrace of suffering those streets to remain long unpav’d, and in wet weather the wheels of heavy carriages plough’d them into a quagmire, so that it was difficult to cross them; and in dry weather the dust was offensive.
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She fears another quagmire like Vietnam.
She doesn’t realize she is stepping into a quagmire.