Batting on a sticky wicket

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!

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!

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