Origin of tricky
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1. artful, sly, shrewd. 2. skillful, adroit. 3. doubtful, unpredictable, unreliable, perilous.
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Examples from the Web for tricky
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The power delivered by the rocket motor was uneven and tricky to control.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole
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It is a tricky and perilous path, but there are no realistic alternatives.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran
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All in all, Gray Peter was a glorious machine; Sally was a tricky intelligence.Way of the Lawless
If Tricky had lost such a chance he would not have been a monkey at all.
If they put him out of the room, Tricky came in by the chimney.
If they shut him up in a room, Tricky got out by the chimney.
Tricky, therefore, he was called, and as Tricky he lived and—did not die.
- involving snags or difficultiesa tricky job
- needing careful and tactful handlinga tricky situation
- characterized by tricks; sly; wilya tricky dealer
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Word Origin and History for tricky
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