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    "To stumble into the morass"


    I don't know if it is an idiom or an expression?

    ......"
    to stumble into the morass".................


    Turkey is stumbling into the morass, egged on by the Saudis and Gulf Arabs.

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    Re: "To stumble into the morass"

    I don't know if it is an idiom or an expression?

    ......"to stumble into the morass".................

    Turkey is stumbling into the morass, egged on by the Saudis and Gulf Arabs.


    1) morass = boggy, muddy or marshy ground.
    2) (figuratively) a confused, complicated situation that's difficult to get out of.

    The first sense of "morass" is not commonly used and I would describe it as slightly literary. A native is more likely to call it a bog, marsh or swamp. So the figurative sense, especially in phrases similar to your example, is where we most often come across it. Perhaps it could be described as idiomatic, but the sense is probably clear once you have the definitions, so it's really a figurative expression.
    Common variations are:
    stumbling/sliding/falling/slipping into a/the morass
    stumbling around in/about in/through a/the morass


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