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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!
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Mystery deepens after serial lock vandal leaves decorating firm in sticky situation SEE PAGE 2 A MYSTERY vandal who has waged an eight-year campaign against a city business - by glueing its locks - has struck again.
FOOTBALL SEVILLA are in a sticky situation after drawing 2-2 at home to Slavia Prague last Thursday but the five-time Europa League winners can progress to the quarter-finals by winning in the Czech capital tonight, writes Dan Childs.
Faced with an increasingly sticky situation, the district administration along with police officials came up with an inventive solution.
A Sticky Situation, the first book in the series, introduces Tally who is a maid at Mollett Manor.
Prior to Princess Eugenie's big day, Prince Philip and Ferguson were caught in a (https://www.ibtimes.com/prince-philip-sarah-ferguson-caught-sticky-situation-causing-duchess-balmoral-exit-2711054) sticky situation .
However, their budding friendship puts Charity in a very sticky situation...
Following the violent protest calling for his removal over a change in the Khatm-e-Nabuwat clause and the sticky situation it had created, the ruling party's lawmaker had winningly given his resignation notice.
EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm POLLARD, above, is digging himself further and further into a sticky situation with the building plans.
Critique: As inspired and inspiring, as it is real-world practical, "Cupcakes, Yoga, and Jesus: Overcoming the Sticky Situation of Addiction" will prove to be a life-affirming, life-changing, life-enhancing read from beginning to end.
The article A Sticky Situation: Sourcing Sales and Use Tax on Cloud-Based Transactions looks at the complexities facing states in taxing cloud-based goods and services and identifying where transactions should be sourced.
POLICE officers found themselves in a sticky situation chasing a suspected stolen vehicle.
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.
sneaky adults may start playing by using foul rules!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.