Meaning of a sticky wicket in English:

a sticky wicket

phrase

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.’
      • ‘The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.’
      • ‘English cricket looks to be on a sticky wicket in the aftermath of the national team's disappointing exit from the World Cup.’
      • ‘The Taoiseach is certainly batting on a sticky wicket - if you'll excuse the cricket term - but it fills the bill aptly here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Mark is leaving because of rumoured budget cuts, the person coming in is on a sticky wicket straight away.’
      • ‘Hardly a hot bed of rap music so I think they were on a sticky wicket right from the start.’
      • ‘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.’