From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quicksand \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.
   [1913 Webster]

         Life hath quicksands, -- Life hath snares!
   [1913 Webster]
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