sticky wicket

/stɪki ˈwɪkət/ (say stikee 'wikuht)

noun
1. Cricket a wicket, affected by rain, which gives an unpredictable bounce.
2. Colloquial a delicate, difficult or disadvantageous situation: to find yourself in yet another sticky wicket.
phrase
3. be on a sticky wicket, Colloquial to be in a difficult situation: he's on a sticky wicket now that his father has disinherited him. {Phrase Origin: from cricket, referring to the difficulties experienced by batsmen from the erratic bounce of a ball on ground soft after rain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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