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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.
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 fingers


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