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bad patch


a period of poor luck


Their marriage has hit a bad patch.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • It was just a bad patch, the kind of thing that happens when people who love each other stop paying attention for a few years.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Giving up the bad patch as hopeless, I would go on and, after I had left it behind, discover the dynamite capable of blasting it.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
Slang definitions & phrases for bad patch

bad patch

noun phrase

A period of difficulty, suffering, etc: You went through a real bad patch, a shaky time (1920s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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