sticky wicket


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sticky wicket

n. Informal
A difficult or embarrassing problem or situation.

sticky wicket

n
1. (Cricket) a cricket pitch that is rapidly being dried by the sun after rain and is particularly conducive to spin
2. informal a difficult or awkward situation (esp in the phrase on a sticky wicket)

stick′y wick′et


n.
Chiefly Brit. an awkward situation.
[1925–30]
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The undergone transformation will be Formerly Austin's, the eatery has been renamed Sticky Wicket and has been fitted out with large-screen TVs so guests can watch major sporting events.
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Mrs May's still on a sticky wicket, so we'll need new ways to describe her predicament.
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"It is a sticky wicket, and we will have to change the mindset when we bat.
And when the person you're explaining it to is from Norway, you could be on a sticky wicket indeed.
God replied, I'd like to help you son, But you have me on a sticky wicket, Meet me half way, And this week buy a ticket !