• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tricky marked by skill in deception "cunning men often pass for wise","deep political machinations","a foxy scheme","a slick evasive answer","sly as a fox","tricky Dick","a wily old attorney"
    • adj tricky having concealed difficulty "a catchy question","a tricky recipe to follow"
    • adj tricky not to be trusted "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tricky Given to tricks; practicing deception; trickish; knavish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tricky Given to tricks; knavish; artful; sharp; shifty: as, a tricky wind; a plausible and tricky fellow.
    • tricky Playful; roguish; mischievous.
    • tricky Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc. See cunning.
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In literature:

I never misuse the women, no matter how tricky I am with men.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
This accidental magic was, he perceived, a tricky thing, and he wanted to be sure.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Beth's memory was always tricky.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The Huddersfield course is a splendid one to play upon, and very tricky too.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
By the use of this they could bring it to the ground at once when the wind was tricky and their balance was threatened.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
I don't trust Mr. Narkom's proverbially tricky memory for names.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
He himself recognized that in his handling of tricky drugs there was a danger.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
They all are, down deep in their tricky hearts.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
He'd see that no tricky lawyer got the best of him.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
Memory is tricky, and Boston and Durford are about as unlike as two places well could be.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott

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:

Held in tricky three-foot surf at Les Bourdaines, Seignosse, France, Courtney Conlogue won the ASP six-star Swatch Girls Pro on June 2.
But what about math and its tricky friend, geometry.
Using yeast in recipes can be tricky.
Tackling a Tricky Installation.
"One of the tricky things is, vampires aren't supposed to age, so I'm not sure how much longer I will be able to do that," Greene, 25, said with a laugh.
Ah, love: what a tricky, complicated, sometimes inconvenient emotion.
's John Delaney, a tricky transition from business to Congress awaits.
It's Tricky Returns a Winner in Top Flight.
It's Tricky takes the Top Flight at Aqueduct under Ramon Dominguez.
Tigers' top-heavy rotation could prove tricky if Rangers draw them in postseason.
Jim Leyland opts not to get 'tricky' by altering course on lineups.
" Giving a new spin to such well-established shows was, in the words of creative director Ty Mattson, "tricky.
Estate planning is a tricky business.
Obama's fiscal cliff strategy is tricky balance .
Finding the tools to help your business operate effectively can be tricky.

In science:

Understanding the beam luminosity can be a tricky task.
Top Quark Physics at the LHC
In general though, comparing Lyα and UV based SFRs is tricky since they are sensitive to different age spans over which the star formation rate is likely not constant.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
The question of the reliability itself is tricky, as it requires shared definitions of community and partition which are, at present, still missing.
Community detection algorithms: a comparative analysis
Such analysis of total spectral weight transfer can be tricky as it requires the analysis of spectral weight beyond the measurement regime, which is only constrained through the Kramers-Kronning relations.
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems
The monotonic increase of the value of ˜Γ with increasing λ is a tricky effect.
Reduced effect of impurities on the universal pairing scale in the cuprates