a rough trot

a rough trot

An especially difficult or turbulent period or series of misfortune(s) or hardship(s). Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. It's certainly been a rough trot for the beleaguered celebrity family, as news of yet another scandal started hitting the media outlets this afternoon. I can't believe Jake's wife was diagnosed with cancer. They've really had a rough trot lately, haven't they?
See also: rough, trot