Definition of a sticky wicket in English:

a sticky wicket

phrase

Cricket
  • 1A pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.

    • ‘True, it spoke without much inflection, as if reporting a cricket score from a sticky wicket.’
    • ‘The Bears were sent in on a sticky wicket and were soon in trouble at 3-7.’
    • ‘Supporters heading to today's game at Wandella would be pleased to know that the rain also failed to turn Wandella Road into a sticky wicket.’
    • ‘Grange had made 91-4 on a sticky wicket against Wheldrake, who had enjoyed a good win over Ovington in the first round.’
    1. 1.1informal A tricky or awkward situation.
      ‘I might be on a sticky wicket if I used that line’
      • ‘The controlling group needs to know they are going to be on a sticky wicket with this.’
      • ‘Hardly a hot bed of rap music so I think they were on a sticky wicket right from the start.’
      • ‘The Taoiseach is certainly batting on a sticky wicket - if you'll excuse the cricket term - but it fills the bill aptly here.’
      • ‘If Mark is leaving because of rumoured budget cuts, the person coming in is on a sticky wicket straight away.’
      • ‘The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.’
      • ‘With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.’
      • ‘English cricket looks to be on a sticky wicket in the aftermath of the national team's disappointing exit from the World Cup.’
      • ‘It was obvious by his address that the new Governor did not want to start his innings on a sticky wicket, hence his eagerness to disassociate himself with reports which referred to his closeness to the Gandhi family.’
      • ‘Fighting ‘globalisation’ always was a sticky wicket for the radical Left.’
      • ‘It's a bit of a sticky wicket, but we've got to put something back and we must try to look at the whole picture.’