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.
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)
- Sticky willie
noun 1. another name for cleavers
noun 1. the frictional force to be overcome to set one object in motion when it is in contact with another
noun 1. Henry William, 1729–85, German iron and glass manufacturer in America.
noun, plural sties. 1. a pen or enclosure for swine; pigpen. 2. any filthy place or abode. 3. a place of bestial debauchery. verb (used with object), stied, stying. 4. to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty. verb (used without object), stied, stying. 5. to live in or as if in […]