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How to understand the phrase: "This is where it starts to get tricky."? or "It is where it starts to get tricky."?

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    It means: that is the point at which the issue becomes difficul to handle, complicated. Tricky: needing careful and tactful handling: a tricky situation. thefreedictionary.com/tricky – user5267 Oct 26 '16 at 10:27
  • A similar phrase: "Here's the tricky part" – barbecue Oct 26 '16 at 15:48
  • Are you asking about the difference between "This is where" and "It is where", or about the meaning of "tricky"? – user3169 Oct 26 '16 at 22:36
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tricky here means more difficult than what it used to be.

So this sentence means

"From this point in time the difficulty of whatever we are doing is going to be more difficult than it used to be"

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