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Related to sticky wicket: batting on a sticky wicket
A difficult or embarrassing problem or situation.
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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)
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Chiefly Brit. an awkward situation.
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