Definition of quicksand in English:


Line breaks: quick|sand
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪksand


[mass noun] (also quicksands)
  • 1Loose wet sand that yields easily to pressure and sucks in anything resting on or falling into it: it’s best to travel with a local as there are quicksands
    More example sentences
    • Victims are sucked down by quicksands and drowned by the tides that can race in faster than a man can run.
    • When an old coach route from Lancaster to Kendal used to take a shortcut across the bay, several coaches were either overtaken by the tide or sucked under in quicksand.
    • Far from holding the intellectual high ground, economics rests on foundations of quicksand.
  • 1.1A bad or dangerous situation from which it is hard to escape: John found himself sinking fast in financial quicksand
    More example sentences
    • Unconventional measures - quantitative easing - seem to have been sufficient to avoid the quicksand of deflation.
    • Each day we seem to sink deeper into the quicksand of self-indulgence.
    • Our constitutional system, despite six major revisions, has apparently become trapped by a quicksand of confusion.

More definitions of quicksand

Definition of quicksand in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little