a sticky situation

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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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A TINY kitten rescued from a sticky situation has found a purrfect new home thanks to a big-hearted policeman.
Chinese reghters found themselves in a sticky situation after an accident involving a lorry load of glue.
Without a properly mixed antitack additive, rubber production can be a sticky situation. Too little calcium stearate powder, the main ingredient of the antitack liquid additive, and rubber sheets could adhere to each other.
But tree climbing is a temptation that is hard to resist and Marion soon finds herself caught in a sticky situation. But it turns out to be one that clever Mariam can find a solution to.
PUPILS could find themselves in a sticky situation if they are caught chewing gum at a district school.
Arie Nissenbaum, a geochemist and academic secretary of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel has stumbled into a sticky situation of prehistoric proportions.