1. An area of muddy ground;
2. Any confusing or troublesome situation, especially one from which it is difficult to free oneself; entanglement.
mire, quagmire, chaos, confusion, muddle, tangle, web
Origin: Late 15th century. From Dutch moeras, alteration (by assimilation to moer ‘moor’), of Middle Dutch marasch, from Old French marais ‘marsh’, from medieval Latin mariscus.
As used in Joanne Fluke’s cozy mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder:
‘Hannah had to stack the big black bags in a pile so that she could scramble up on top of them, using them like a slippery and squishy staircase. One bag broke under her weight and she groaned as her shoes sank down into a morass of stew. By the time she emerged from the malodorous depths and pulled herself back up on the hood of her Suburban again, Hannah knew that she smelled every bit as bad as she looked.’
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