A very difficult or awkward situation; a nasty affair: ''It's a sticky wicket,'' he said, but he left open the possibility that it could be orchestrated in a few cases/ It's the original sticky wicket
[1952+; fr the British phrase bat on (or at) a sticky wicket, ''contend with great difficulties,'' fr the game of cricket]
If his goal was to lose his stiff upper lip, he has done some of that.
He countered with a classic British defense: the stiff upper lip.
"We got to keep a stiff upper lip, baby sister," she would say, with an encouraging pat.
You'd better just keep a stiff upper lip and face the music.
Tact and a stiff upper lip is what you'll want; and you could bluff a little on the strength of your backing.
"Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.
I was forced to keep a stiff upper lip, but the task was not a slight one.
Very well, let it be so, I can keep a stiff upper lip, I believe.
So the men on board realized the necessity of keeping a stiff upper lip.
Keep a stiff upper lip, both on yo', an' we'll try t' manage him.