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tricky

adjective  /ˈtrɪk·i/ us  

tricky adjective (DIFFICULT)

(of a piece of work or a problem) difficult to deal with and needing careful attention or skill: Removing scar tissue can be a very tricky operation.

tricky adjective (DECEIVING)

likely to deceive people: He’s a tricky fellow – you can’t always trust him.
Translations of “tricky”
in Korean 어려운…
in Arabic صَعْب…
in Portuguese delicado, difícil, complicado…
in Catalan difícil, complicat…
in Japanese 難しい, 扱いにくい…
in Italian difficile, complicato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困難的, 難辦的, 難對付的…
in Russian сложный…
in Turkish zor, güç, uğraşılması zor…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困难的, 难办的, 难对付的…
in Polish trudny, skomplikowany…
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