sticky wicket


Definition of sticky wicket

: a difficult or delicate problem or situation

Examples of sticky wicket in a Sentence

It's a bit of a sticky wicket. She was on a sticky wicket when she saw her friend steal the fund-raiser money.
Recent Examples on the Web In any case, Truss is on what the Brits refer to as a sticky wicket. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 Whether the deals pay off for the media companies remains a sticky wicket. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 This is a bit of a sticky wicket, because technically everything is a chemical. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2021 How did this world-famous, brilliant prestidigitator end up in this sticky wicket? Globe Staff,, 4 Jan. 2021 While untangling the impact of the clause may be a bit of a sticky wicket, that’s not the only legal question. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 5 Oct. 2019 The real sticky wicket in the Texas penal code, though, is not the bribery section but the one about abuse of official capacity. Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sticky wicket

1950, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2022

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“Sticky wicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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