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Definition of Swamp


  1. Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore.
  2. To plunge or sink into a swamp.
  3. To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water.
  4. Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.
  5. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties.
  6. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked.

Swamp Quotations

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.
Anne Lamott

Singapore has been incredibly well-managed. It was created out of the swamp, with a strong emotional idea: a safe place for mostly Chinese, but accepting other cultures and other races.
Nicolas Berggruen

When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn't just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms.
Sheldon Whitehouse

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.
William Bernbach

Practically the only way to dry the swamp of radical Islam is through economic development and an improved standard of living.
Yitzhak Rabin
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Swamp Translations

swamp in Dutch is broek, drasland, moeras, moer
swamp in Finnish is suo
swamp in German is Sumpf
swamp in Italian is palude
swamp in Spanish is pantano
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