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a sticky situation

A particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I found myself in a bit of a sticky situation when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the movies. I'll be in quite a sticky situation if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
See also: situation, sticky
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FIREFIGHTERS took the bull by the horns, quite literally, when they were called to a sticky situation.
EMMERDALE (ITV, 7pm) CARLY is in a sticky situation when Bob tells her the police know about her involvement with the fraud, and he wants to tell Brenda about Jimmy's truck.
TWO car owners found themselves in a sticky situation after workers laying new roads in Middlesbrough put asphalt AROUND their vehicles.
Every effort is made to avoid any inconvenience for residents but inevitably when working with tarmac you will find yourself in the odd sticky situation.
He's in action man mode as a former criminal who has to bail his brother-in-law out of a sticky situation with Giovanni Ribisi's psychopathic drug lord.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR (BBC1, 9pm) THE sticky situation we've got ourselves into in the UK, says Fiona Phillips, is that not only are we addicted to the sweet stubut we probably don't realise how much sugar we're consuming - even in savoury food.
AN OTTER that got itself into a sticky situation at a refinery has been rescued.
A storm has erupted in Colombia after a school teacher was caught in a sticky situation for using Panini stickers he had confiscated from his students to fill his own World Cup album.
Everton were in a sticky situation against under-strength Swansea, when super-sub Naismith came off the bench to inject some life into what was till then a timid tie.
My angel, as I like to call him, went out of his way at the peak of heat hours, was probably fasting, and helped me get through a very sticky situation.
The teams that played the two games before have put us in a sticky situation.
It's a sticky situation when your HMMWV's insulation liner loses its sticking power.
We're in a sticky situation and I have to accept whatever decision is made.
It's a very sticky situation, but I think Zoey 101 should be taken off the air.
1994 SPRINGFIELD; WALFORD 2008 BOT'S THIS: Charlie gets in sticky situation.