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    What does this sentence mean?

    Hi,

    Can you tell me how you understand this sentence?


    Breaking the news is going to be sticky.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    From The American Heritage Dictionary:

    Break
    To make known, as news: break a story.

    Sticky
    Informal Painful or difficult: a sticky situation.

    More context could make the explanation more accurate.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Birdeen's definitions are correct.

    "Breaking the news is going to be sticky" means that it will be difficult to tell someone something. You mostly hear about "breaking the news" when it comes to something negative.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Does it mean "If the news become known, things is going to be sticky"?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    My impression is that the person who has to tell the person the news is going to find it uncomfortable.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Does it mean "If the news become known, things is going to be sticky"?
    Not quite. Person 1 has to tell person 2 a piece of news and person 1 thinks that it will uncomfortable or difficult when he tells it.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My impression is that the person who has to tell the person the news is going to find it uncomfortable.
    Can you tell find "what" uncomfortable, find the "news" uncomfortable or find "breaking the news"? Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    It is the action of telling the news that will be uncomfortable, which means that it is bad news of some kind.
    A doctor might say that he has to "break the news" to a patient that he (the patient) has cancer, or you might "break the news" to your friend that you saw his girlfriend with another man. It means that the news is bad and that it will probably upset the person you have to "break it" to.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Does it mean "If the news become known, things is going to be sticky"?
    If the news becomes known things are going to become sticky.
    Your problem here is probably due to news appearing plural wheras it is a collective noun and singular; things is plural.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    If the news becomes known things are going to become sticky.
    I am not sure if apex is simply correcting this sentence or if he confirms that the interpretation is accurate? I disagree with the interpretation and agree with the correction.
    It is understandable that this sentence can be complicated to understand, especially since the word "sticky" in this case has nothing to do with adhesives.
    "Breaking the news is going to be sticky" doesn't mean that things will become sticky if the news gets out. It means that the act of delivering/telling the news will be difficult in itself.

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