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thorny

adjective uk   /ˈθɔː.ni/ us    /ˈθɔːr-/

thorny adjective (PROBLEM/SUBJECT)

[before noun] A thorny problem or subject is difficult to deal with: the thorny issue of taxation

thorny adjective (PLANT)

having thorns: a thorny rose bush
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