Definitions for: Quicksand


[n] a pit filled with loose wet sand into which heavy objects sink



Webster (1913) Definition: Quick"sand`, n.
Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure;
especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with
water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some
coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of
extricating a person who begins sinking into it.

Life hath quicksands, -- Life hath snares!
--Longfellow.

See Also: cavity, pit, sand




Famous Quotes Containing Quicksand:


Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.

-- John Updike (American Novelist)

When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child... eventually.

-- Steven Wright (American Comedian)

Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.

-- Hannah More (English Writer)

I worship the quicksand he walks in.

-- Art Buchwald (American Journalist)

If there's not any endgame, we're in quicksand. We take one more step, and we're still there, and there's no way out.

-- Richard Shelby (American Politician)

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.

-- George Sand (French Novelist)

Making the best of things is... a damn poor way of dealing with them. My whole life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand.

-- Rose Wilder Lane (American Journalist)


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