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morass
used in Moby Dick

2 uses
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Definition
a difficult situation that frustrates progress

or:

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  • And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (41% in)
  • As both steel and curse sank to the socket, as if sucked into a morass, Moby Dick sideways writhed; spasmodically rolled his nigh flank against the bow, and, without staving a hole in it, so suddenly canted the boat over, that had it not been for the elevated part of the gunwale to which he then clung, Ahab would once more have been tossed into the sea.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (86% in)

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