from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of or covered with thorns.
- adj. Spiny.
- adj. Painfully controversial; vexatious: a thorny situation; thorny issues.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having thorns or spines
- adj. troublesome or vexatious
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny.
- adj. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Abounding in or covered with thorns; producing thorns; prickly; spiny.
- Characteristic of or resembling a thorn; sharp; irritating; painful.
- In zoology, spinous; prickly; echinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. bristling with perplexities
- adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
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Far more thorny is the question of whether casual sex, or any sex outside marriage, is emotionally harmful.
"Far more thorny is the question of whether casual sex, or any sex outside marriage, is emotionally harmful."
Especially interesting will be how Biden may be willing to take on a certain thorny issue, spoken in low whispers now.
Then there are animals that get tangled up in thorny or spiky vegetation.
Up close the island turned out to be covered in thorny scrub and seagulls’ nests.
There is no situation, however thorny, which is not saved by politeness.
Mr Obama's remarks on trade referred to the thorny issue of China's undervalued currency, with the perceived unfairness of China's trade policies the subject of increasingly strident election campaign rhetoric.
I've sucked down a filthy and delicious* one at a teriyaki joint in Hollywood, and I've loved the cheeseburger hiding between the carnitas and pibil at my local (and truly excellent) reader had found a rose among what one could fairly describe as the thorny situation of a Korean-California fusion lounge, my burger senses started tingling.
The program focused on solo works by composers often labeled "thorny," including the sometimes-brutal Salvatore Sciarrino, the English spectralist Jonathan Harvey, the enigmatic Gyorgy Kurtag and that visionary-by-any-standard Giacinto Scelsi.
I'm frankly stunned that there is any scientific basis to support that notion at all, let alone for it to be "thorny" or not so "clear cut".