go through a sticky patch

go through a sticky patch

To experience or be in the midst of a period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. Her business has been going through a bit of a sticky patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Our marriage went through a sticky patch after Frank lost his job, but now, we love each other more than ever.
See also: patch, sticky, through

go through, hit, etc. a ˈbad/ˈsticky patch

come to a difficult time in your business, marriage, etc: We’ve struck a bad patch in our marriage.High inflation meant that her business went through a sticky patch.
See also: bad, patch, sticky
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Every team through the season will go through a sticky patch," the 32-year-old centre-back added.
But ahead of an FA Cup replay at Newcastle tomorrow, City striker Barmby said: "We knew we'd go through a sticky patch, it's about how we respond.