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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sticky wicket was in 1950

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“Sticky wicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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