sticky wicket


noun

Cricket. the area of ground around a wicket when it is tacky because of recent rain and therefore does not allow the ball to bounce well.
Chiefly British. a situation requiring delicate treatment; an awkward situation: In telling his wife that he has to be away for a month in Cannes, he'll be batting on a sticky wicket.

Nearby words

  1. sticky bun,
  2. sticky end,
  3. sticky fingers,
  4. sticky note,
  5. sticky rice,
  6. sticky willie,
  7. sticky-fingered,
  8. stickybeak,
  9. stiction,
  10. stiegel

Origin of sticky wicket

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for sticky wicket

sticky wicket

noun

a cricket pitch that is rapidly being dried by the sun after rain and is particularly conducive to spin
informal a difficult or awkward situation (esp in the phrase on a sticky wicket)
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