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a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. Almost every new business experiences a lean patch at some point or another.
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That's the message from Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams, who says North's current lean patch reminds him of a period of his own career when he read too many newspapers and lost confidence.
If Kane goes through a prolonged lean patch, can boss Mauricio Pochettino afford to leave out the focal point of his team, the man who scored 32 goals last season, including one on his England debut?
After a lean patch for a while, there is a rise in demand for public transport service on many routes and hence more buses are added to the network," al-Hail said.
It was purely coincidental that the batsman had been having a lean patch in England, but it's clear that it still rankled him enough to let out some steam -- having rediscovered his touch again over the last couple of months.
Kohli showed his class on way to reaching his first hundred across formats since February, following which he experienced the first lean patch of his career.
The England player is confident the Bears' out-of-form top order will come through their collective lean patch.
The England player is confi-dent the Bears' out-of-form top order will come through their collective lean patch.
Mahela Jayawardene came in and played two typically Mahela-like boundaries, but the lean patch continued as the elegant right-hander found the fielder at mid-on off Mohammad Nabi while trying to clear the infield.
Before the match, the on-loan Sunderland man had made 13 appearances without finding the net this season, but his lean patch went back much further than that, numbering 30 games for three different clubs since he struck for Swansea in a 2-0 League Cup victory over Chelsea.
The on-loan Sunderland forward, 28, has made 13 appearances without scoring, but his lean patch numbers 30 games for three different clubs since he struck for Swansea in a 2-0 league cup win over Chelsea.
England's number three batsman Trott was a disappointment in the year's first Ashes, averaging under 30 during the team's 3-0 triumph at home, with the lean patch continuing on Saturday as Mitchell Johnson bounced him out for the second time in the game.
She said: "I had been going through a bit of a lean patch, to say the least.
I had a lean patch back home so had to do some technical work and by the time I came back to Warwickshire last year it was totally different.
Yusuf Pathan, who was going through a lean patch so far, struck form just at the right time for Kolkata as his uneaten 40 and a crucial 56-run stand with Laxmi Shukla (24 off 11) in just four overs helped his side cross 150-run mark.
For Tendulkar, arguably cricket's greatest-ever batsman, the pursuit of this 'ton of tons' has been unusually tortuous: he scored his 99th a year ago, then went through what, by his stratospheric standards, must rank as a lean patch.