having leaves or branches which are likely to cause a scratch <stay out of the thorny brambles unless you want a ton of scratches>
requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling <the candidate tried to avoid discussing his views on the thorny issue of abortion> Synonyms catchy
, dodgy [chiefly British]
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