a rough patch

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a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. Almost every new business experiences a rough patch at some point or another.
See also: patch, rough
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It had been claimed the couple hit a rough patch after the NFL star received a four-game suspension from the New England Patriots earlier this year.
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The ambassador went on to add: "We are in a rough patch.
Q I'VE been with my girlfriend for a year now but we went through a rough patch just before Christmas and since then I've been having doubts about whether we can stay together.
We're just in a rough patch, witnessed by the unemployment figures today.
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If the Beckham marriage is going through a rough patch it certainly didn't show.
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The US Insurance industry has fully emerged from a rough patch at the early part of the decade.
Patient A said: "For a couple that may have been going through a rough patch or just starting out in a relationship it could have been just utterly devastating for them.
Islamabad, July 5(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and United States Ambassador Cameron Munter have admitted that the US-Pak ties are going through a rough patch, but underlined common goals of both sides.