go through a lean patch

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go through a lean patch

To experience or be in the midst of a period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. Her business has been going through a bit of a lean patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Though the team has gone through a lean patch in recent years, they still have a very devoted fanbase.
See also: lean, patch
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But most good players, except for the real greats, will have gone through a lean patch at some point," Boycott said.