purple patch


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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

a purple patch

an ornate or elaborate passage in a literary composition.
This term is a translation of Latin purpureus pannus , and comes from the Roman poet Horace's Ars Poetica: ‘Works of serious purpose and grand promises often have a purple patch or two stitched on, to shine far and wide’.
See also: patch, purple
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Laxman feels that Dhawan is going through a purple patch and should not get complacent
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The declaration of some researchers that Cyberspace will become luminous and take on the aspect of perfect paradise is as much a purple patch as an element of argument or analysis.
Costa's hummingbirds are one of that breed's smallest, and are distinguishable by a bright purple patch on their throat.
The wrong papers, the wretched old canvases discovered to be no more than rehearsals for much new catastrophe this purple patch, that silver of viridian woven into the web of accommodating earth, our only planet not named for some god .
Champ's purple patch heart is a symbol of Nikki and Champ builds on her legacy, providing encouragement to all kids who must deal with difficult challenges.
His most prolific spell came in December when he hit three goals in four games during a festive purple patch.
McNamara said: "We hit a real purple patch in the first half and played with some great shape.
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Sonik Kicks is his 11th album and the third in a purple patch that has seen Weller push the musical envelope.
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