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1(of a task, problem, etc.) requiring care and skill because difficult or awkward:‘applying eyeliner can be a tricky business’‘the radio is tricky to operate’
difficult, awkward, problematic, delicate, ticklish, sensitive, touchy, risky, uncertain, precarious, touch-and-goView synonyms
- ‘Gaining recognition for climbing would appear, at first sight, to be a tricky business.’
- ‘It was very tricky business, as one wrong move would result in the loss of the fish.’
- ‘Whilst tempting, growing potatoes in a raised bed is tricky because they are difficult to dig out.’
- ‘He nodded his head while avoiding her tender gaze, a tricky task with a child so small.’
- ‘Not so fast, you have got to find a decent one first and that can be a tricky old business.’
- ‘Completing one set of objectives or the other isn't too hard, but completing them both is a tricky task.’
- ‘He has the tricky task of deciding where the side will play in the future.’
- ‘The students use this technique today to master the most complex and tricky footwork.’
- ‘The markup construction was tricky and required compromises in several places.’
- ‘This means learning the tricky skill of being apart but yet being part of the action.’
- ‘The horribly tricky task for the judges in such situations is to avoid the court being used as a weapon in a revenge mission.’
- ‘The lack of crossings, lights, pavements and bridges make it tricky business.’
- ‘The art of communication is a tricky business, but not half as tricky as the communication of art.’
- ‘There was also plenty of torque to take care of those more tricky roads.’
- ‘Making a historical drama that purports to be based on truth is a tricky business.’
- ‘Euthanasia is a very tricky subject and one that should be handled with extreme care.’
- ‘It's a tricky business producing a film based on a book that your audience already has a solid affinity with.’
- ‘With some cars this is a relatively simple DIY task, in others it is quite tricky and best done by a garage.’
- ‘The Town Hall car park area remains a tricky and highly sensitive area for development.’
- ‘If the exact financial scale of the problem is a little tricky to assess, so too is the legal position.’
2Deceitful or crafty:‘I wouldn't trust her—she's tricky’
cunning, crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, scheming, sly, slippery, slick, deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, dishonest, disingenuous, machiavellianView synonyms
- ‘Having been booked earlier for an altercation with McMillan, the tricky winger was sent off.’
- ‘The early minutes of the second half saw more great skills from Thompson and tricky runs from Sovago.’
- ‘Ryan Giggs is not as tricky but he has great pace, skill and overall quality.’
- ‘The tricky winger immediately started to cause Portadown problems and clearly lifted the Newry attack.’
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