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touchy

adjective
     
touch‧y
1 easily becoming offended or annoyed
touchy about
She is very touchy about her past.
2

touchy subject/question etc

a subject etc that needs to be dealt with very carefully, especially because it may offend people:
Asking about a reporter's sources can be a touchy business.
touchiness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: difficult WORD FOCUS: difficult
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting

difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing

difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy

words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying

words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile


See also
difficult

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