bat on a sticky wicket

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bat on a sticky wicket

To deal with or be in the midst of a particularly awkward or difficult situation or circumstance. Refers to the pitch, called a "wicket," used in the game of cricket, and the difficulty of playing on one after it has been wetted with rain. I knew I was batting on a sticky wicket when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the cinema. I'll be batting on quite a sticky wicket if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
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batting on a sticky wicket

In the midst of or dealing with a particularly awkward or difficult situation or circumstance. Refers to the pitch, called a "wicket," used in the game of cricket and the difficulty of playing on one after it has been wetted with rain. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I found myself batting on a sticky wicket when the boss saw me kissing his daughter at the cinema. I'll be batting on a sticky wicket if I arrive at the train station and don't have enough money for the tickets!
See also: batting, on, sticky, wicket
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sticky wicket, (to bat on) a

To deal with a difficult situation that requires good judgment. The term comes from cricket, where it refers to soft or muddy ground around a wicket, which makes it difficult for the batsman because the ball does not bounce well. Although cricket is not well known in America, the term did cross the Atlantic in the 1920s. The National News-Letter used it in 1952, “Mr. Churchill was batting on a very sticky wicket in Washington.”
See also: bat, sticky
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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