patch


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

a lonely little petunia in an onion patch

One who is out of place among those one finds unpleasant, uncouth, or overly aggressive. Taken from a 1946 song of the same name by Johnny Kimano, Billy Faber, and Maurie Hartmann. I'm feeling really uncomfortable in this rowdy sports bar, like a lonely little petunia in an onion patch.
See also: little, lonely, onion, patch

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.
See also: lean, patch

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

have a lean patch

To experience or be in the midst of a period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. Her business has had a bit of a lean patch lately. if things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Though the team has been having a lean patch in recent years, they still have a very devoted fanbase.
See also: have, lean, patch

a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. Almost every new business experiences a rough patch at some point or another.
See also: patch, rough

go through a rough 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 rough patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Our marriage went through a rough patch after Frank lost his job, but now, we love each other more than ever.
See also: patch, rough

have a rough patch

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

tear up the pea patch

obsolete To go on or indulge in a wild outburst, spree, or rampage. (Used largely in relation to sports, especially baseball, where the phrase originated in reference to players running amok and ruining the game.) Primarily heard in US. Another fight has broken out between the two teams. These boys are positively tearing up the pea patch! A few rowdy types entered the bar and tore up the pea patch. They didn't even pay for anything!
See also: patch, pea, tear, up

purple patch

1. A section of writing that is showy and extravagant and often stands out in contrast to the rest of the writing in a piece. I don't want to see a single purple patch in these research papers, class. Focus on communicating the facts!
2. A period marked by much success or good luck. Primarily heard in UK. After falling behind early, the team hit a purple patch and scored three quick goals to tie the game. We had few lean years, but our business is finally in a purple patch now, thank goodness.
See also: patch, purple

patch a quarrel up

Fig. to put an end to a quarrel; to reconcile quarreling parties. Tom and Fred were able to patch their quarrel up. I hope we can patch up this quarrel.
See also: patch, quarrel, up

patch someone up

to give medical care to someone. That cut looks bad, but the doc over there can patch you up. The doc patched up my friend.
See also: patch, up

patch something together (with something)

to use something to repair something hastily or temporarily. I think I can patch the exhaust pipe together with some wire. See if you can patch this engine together well enough to run for a few more hours.
See also: patch, together

patch something up

 
1. Lit. to repair something in a hurry; to make something temporarily serviceable again. Can you patch this up so I can use it again? I'll patch up the hose for you.
2. Fig. to "repair" the damage done by an argument or disagreement. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are trying to patch things up. We patched up our argument, then kissed and made up.
See also: patch, up

patch up something

also patch something up
to fix a relationship Charles said they wanted to patch up any outstanding differences as soon as possible. Early in our marriage, we sometimes argued about money, but we always patched things up.
See also: patch, up

not be a patch on somebody/something

  (British & Australian)
to not be as good as someone or something else It's a reasonably entertaining film but it's not a patch on 'Bladerunner'.
See also: on, patch

patch up

Mend or repair, make whole. For example, He managed to patch up the lawn mower so it's running, or John cut his hand badly, but they patched him up in the emergency room, or Mike and Molly have patched up their differences. This term alludes to mending something by putting patches of material on it. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: patch, up

patch up

v.
1. To mend or fix something that has separated or has holes by using some material to reconnect its parts: I patched up my jeans with that fabric. I bought a sewing kit and patched my jacket up.
2. To cover some hole or gap with some material: She patched up the hole in my jeans. He patched up the rip in the drapes.
3. To resolve some problem or conflict: The delegates must patch up their differences.
See also: patch, up
References in periodicals archive ?
patch database are reflected in the Chinese and Swedish versions.
Also, bird droppings in connected patches harbored more berries from shrubs in the center patches than did droppings in patches not connected to the central patch.
Sally Ward, clinical services director of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota, said her 25 women participated in tests of the patch by her agency.
As standard procedure, foundries should determine when to patch based on degree of thickness and past furnace performance at that thickness.
Murray Watson, chairman of the board of Pharma Patch commented: "We are pleased to announce the completion of these arrangements with Pharmacia, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and the world leader in smoking cessation products.
Apply the patch adhesive side down using finger pressure.
version of the company's patch, Ortho-Evra, comes with no disposal bags.
Is the over-the-counter nicotine patch the same as the previous prescription dosage?
Ethical also has a patch containing norethisterone, a synthetic progestogen, awaiting regulatory approval in the UK.
A higher patient acceptance of a basal insulin transdermal patch over needle injections enables physicians to start subjects earlier on insulin in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In a second experiment with most of the same participants, an initial word or color patch appeared for 150 milliseconds, followed by a blank screen for 150 milliseconds and then the corresponding color or word for up to 3 seconds.
Pharma Patch has a broad family of proprietary skin penetration enhancers that are supported by five issued U.
Patch is moving to drill 16 wells and conduct 63 square miles of 2D seismic tests in the first quarter of this year.
The committee voted unanimously that both Nicotrol and its competitor Nicoderm should be sold over the counter, giving smokers a choice of a one-dose patch to replace their cigarettes' nicotine or a patch that weans them by slowly dropping nicotine dosages.