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noun [countable]   /ˈkwæɡˌmaɪr/
singular quagmire
plural quagmires
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fast fashion

cheap clothing produced quickly and sold by large, mass-market retailers in order to respond to the latest fashion trends

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related by blood, descending from the same ancestor

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