have a rough trot

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have a rough trot

To experience an especially difficult or turbulent period or series of misfortune(s) or hardship(s). Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. The beleaguered celebrity family has been having a rough trot in recent months, 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?
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