Definition of bog in English:

bog

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Pronunciation: /bɒg
 
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noun

1An area of wet muddy ground that is too soft to support a heavy body: a peat bog figurative a bog of legal complications [mass noun]: the island is a wilderness of bog and loch
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  • Soggy areas called peat bogs have developed in parts of the country.
  • Help to open up an area of peat bog by cutting and burning small trees at Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Foulshaw Moss, near Witherslack, on Saturday.
  • The bog road was too soft for his heavy horse and cart to traverse, so he had to condescend to ask his two neighbours to put out and take home the turf with their donkeys and creels.
1.1 Ecology Wetland with acid peaty soil, typically dominated by peat moss. Compare with fen1.
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  • The terrain here is flat, and the poor drainage encourages the creation of wetlands and bogs.
  • Peat-free products are those which are not sourced from the natural peat bogs and peatlands.
  • A showy grass known as foxtail barley was common along the highway, while here and there we saw bogs dominated by black spruce and larch.
2 (the bog) British informal The toilet.

verb (bogs, bogging, bogged)

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1 (be/get bogged down) Be or become stuck in mud or wet ground: the family Rover became bogged down on the beach road
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  • He showed signs of ability at Ascot 11 days ago, but got bogged down in the heavy ground.
  • Originally there had been fifty of these machines but these thirty ton machines could not cope with the harsh lunar landscape of the churned up ground and fourteen had broken down or got bogged down.
  • The seven-year-old, who won the Novices' Chase at Sandown in December, was bogged down in mud last time.
1.1Be prevented from making progress in a task or activity: you must not get bogged down in detail
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  • Italian football can get bogged down in tactics.
  • You don't want to try to change too much and get bogged down in detail.
  • This has all the hallmarks of a Spielberg classic - it does not get bogged down in politics, science and strategy, but concentrates on big emotion and intimate drama with a well-written script.
Synonyms
mire, stick, trap, entangle, ensnare, embroil, encumber, catch up; hamper, hinder, obstruct, impede, halt, stop, delay, stall, slow down, detain, hold in check, restrain; swamp, overwhelm, overpower, overburden
2 [no object] (bog off) British informal Go away: I told him to bog off
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  • Everyone in the PR department had bogged off to a winery for the evening.
  • As for my bogging off, I can not oblige until such time as Melissa bars me.
  • If she wants champagne she can bog off to the living room.
3 [no object] (bog in) Australian/NZ Start a task enthusiastically: if he saw a trucker in difficulty, he would just bog in and give a hand
[ early 20th century: bog probably in the sense 'sink, immerse (oneself)']

Origin

Middle English: from Irish or Scottish Gaelic bogach, from bog 'soft'.

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