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Definition a difficult situation that frustrates progress


a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  • slipping deeper into an economic and political morass
  • opened the country to foreign investment and cleaned up the regulatory morass
  • God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Nor could anyone in his family have foreseen that a chance discovery during this initial journey would ultimately turn him inward and away, drawing Chris and those who loved him into a morass of anger, misunderstanding, and sorrow.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • morass = difficult situation that frustrates progress
  • Unless that organization is blocked we may be plunged into a civil war and be lost forever in a morass of internal chaos.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • She swore she'd risk the morass of requisition for a new unit if this one just held out for one more case.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • But he began to see himself as from a distance, like a man being sucked down into a bottomless morass.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I wrote to Sacramento about that historical marker, and they've been kicking it around their bureaucratic morass for months.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • The best thing you can do right now is stay out of my way, or else I may be forced to ram that blue rinse straight into that morass you call a brain.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The thing was two stories high, a swirl of rocky tendrils jutting like a spear tip from the oily morass.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The rain might have stopped, but the compound was still a morass of shallow lakes and slippery mud.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • This morass was not her home, she insisted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Then, as abruptly as the storm had broken, Lee was lost in a morass of sensation too dark, too deep to understand.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Any force attacking Lee's army of almost 4,000 will have to expose themselves to fire while wading the four-foot-deep morass of Sayler's Creek.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The artillery would have been lost among the morasses.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Yes, unquestionably it is due to that poisonous morass up at Molledal.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • "I guess so," Meg said, but her happiness had fled and she was back in a morass of anger and resentment.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • They blossomed delicately white and iridescent out of the tidal morass.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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