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.
Summary: The economy has gone through a rough patch in the recent past.
Summary: The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament has hit a rough patch, with the Home Ministry asking the organizers to rework the revised schedule.
And while Vince still adores Kendra, who is attending a college nearby, their relationship hits a rough patch.
Wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid is going through a rough patch professionally and personally.
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.
An insider said: 'Kate knows Goldie and Russell are going through a rough patch - they have before, but this time it's more serious.
Housekeeper Cynthia, 57, of Boroughbridge, North Yorks, said: "We went through a rough patch and I went off with someone else.