One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a tricky situation’
difficult, awkward, problematic, delicate, ticklish, sensitive, touchy, risky, uncertain, precarious, touch-and-go
thorny, knotty, involved, complex, complicated, convoluted
informal sticky, dicey, hairy
North American informal gnarly
2‘a tricky and unscrupulous politician’
cunning, crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, scheming, sly, slippery, slick, deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, dishonest, disingenuous, Machiavellian
North American snide
informal foxy, shifty
British informal fly, dodgy
South African informal slim
NZ Australian informal shonky
rare subtle, carny
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