• WordNet 3.6
    • n trickiness the quality of requiring skill or caution "these puzzles are famous for their trickiness"
    • n trickiness the quality of being a slippery rascal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trickiness The quality of being tricky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trickiness The quality of being tricky or trickish; trickishness.
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In literature:

Tricky politicians will be discarded, and true men backed by majorities.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
But I prefer the bright morning; moonlight's a tricky, elusive thing, apt to dazzle and mislead one.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
Just look at that tricky, mischievous, ill-tempered, wall-eyed little rascal.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
All day the shepherd searched for a place to hang Tricky, but in vain.
"The Monkey That Would Not Kill" by Henry Drummond
It's going to be tricky, because they must be pretty well scared about that ship.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
But they're tricky, tricky.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Can't say I like the idea much, kind of too tricky.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
A tricky girl could have gained her point now on the instant.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
It was a little tricky.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
And God just another man, albeit a tricky devil at that.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown

In poetry:

Here's the shirt and chainmail Black Prince wore -
To starch and iron that were real tricky:
It took three boilermakers to put on his shirt,
And a blacksmith to put on his dicky.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
Until sunset! From the dawn!
See the woodsmen of San Juan,
They want bread before it’s gone, Those from Roque, Feeling rocky, Those from Rique, Feeling tricky.
Sss-sss-sawing, sawing on!
Sss-sss-sawing, sawing on!
"The Woodsmen Of San Juan" by Jose Asuncion Silva

In news:

Both candidates could face tricky questions in Wednesday's debate.
Unusual Tripods Tricky photo ops require tricky solutions.
Now this is a tricky one.
A Tricky, Twisty Primary Process.
Regulation is tricky, but so is the lack of it, especially with extraordinary circumstances such as those in the Adirondacks after Tropical Storm Irene.
Updating classic tales is a tricky business, as any creative type will insist.
Abortion is a tricky issue for both Romney and Obama campaigns.
Dealing with success can be tricky.
Judging the age- worthiness of wine is tricky business.
Raymond Zhou gained fame by writing Western-style film critiques for Chinese moviegoers, but avoiding the wrath of the state-run film industry is tricky.
Finishing hole tricky test at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Accessories for men are always tricky, but in June 1984, we thought medals were the way to go.
To be honest, this is a tricky forecast for snowfall accumulations in Central Wisconsin.
But establishing a target can be tricky.
Success in tiebreakers proves to be a tricky barometer .

In science:

ALMA will make this kind of study much more viable, but interpretation will always be tricky.
Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
In nearly all cases we can confirm this easily using [GAP08] or [BCP97]; we mention three cases that are slightly tricky and which we prefer to do “by hand”.
(2,m,n)-groups with Euler characteristic equal to -2^as^b
In practice, the lattice sizes that can be fully diagonalized are small, and Anderson localization remains a tricky problem since it has no small parameter.
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
The reason that this case is somewhat tricky is that R is in general not a self-wellordered set.
Descriptive inner model theory
In light of this study, we can say that differentiating between one spin evolution from another given the present position of planets can be very tricky.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets