A sticky situation 尴尬窘境
Do you need glue to cause a sticky situation?
Feifei: 欢迎收听BBC英语教学为你制作的《地道英语》节目。大家好，我是冯菲菲。Rob... Rob? Where's Rob?
Rob: (Door opens) Oh hi Feifei... you couldn't lend me £10 could you?
Feifei: Rob! 你来晚了，不赶快开始录节目，反而问我借钱，你这都哪跟哪儿呀？You're supposed to be presenting this programme. Anyway, what do you want £10 for? And what's that... stuff all over your clothes?
Rob: Well, I was running to get to the studio and I bumped into a woman.
Feifei: Right... So, what do you need £10 for? Your laundry bill?
Rob: No, she dropped a big box she was carrying and said I would have to pay for the damage - and if I didn't, her daughter would be really upset!
Feifei: Oh! Rob 不小心撞到了一位女士，惹了点小麻烦。He is in a sticky situation. Rob 遇到了一个棘手的情况。
Rob: Well, that's true. You mean I'm in a situation that is difficult to get out of?
Feifei: Exactly. 给你10镑前，你快去解决你的问题把。Now you can go and un-stick the situation!
Rob: Thanks Feifei. I think we should hear some examples of this phrase while I go and pay the woman...
I'm in a sticky situation: I said I'd go to the cinema with Pete but I've also promised to go for a drink with John.
It was a sticky situation - neither side would agree on who caused the accident.
We're in a sticky situation - We've got to catch the train but we haven't got enough money to buy a ticket.
Feifei: 短语 a sticky situation 指的是一个困难的、另人尴尬的又很棘手、敏感的局面。(Door opens again) Ah, Rob you're back...
Rob: ...yes, yes. She's happy now and is going back to the bakery again.
Feifei: The bakery? Why what was in the box she was carrying?
Rob: A big birthday cake for her daughter.
Feifei: Oh no, you were in a sticky situation in more ways than one!
Rob: I suppose I was.