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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
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They are both very sad that things have hit a rough patch, but are trying to see if a little distance can help them get through it.
The world's largest democracy is going through a very rough patch.
Negotiations between banks and Apple hit a rough patch after the firm was unwilling to give up a portion of the USD2bn it earns a year from merchants for interchange fees.
The group, which describes itself as the largest independent parcels, mail and logistics services company in the UK, is the latest in the sector to hit a rough patch.
Rickie Lambert has come through his own rough patch
Were I Mr Bottrill and unable to help my mother over a rough patch by begging or borrowing a few hundred quid, I'd be inclined to keep mum right now.
Sterling had a rough patch earlier in the year, but he looks to have got his zip back.
Developer DICE is going through a rough patch after a series of problems that troubled its FPS video game, Battlefield 4 since its release on 29 October.
VIRENDER Sehwag may be going through a rough patch but his fan following hasn't dimmed a bit.
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We've had a little bit of a rough patch, that's true.
Their marriage is going through a rough patch and the couple try counselling.
The attack comes at a time when Pak-US relations are going through a rough patch as U.
Summary: Republican Newt Gingrich has hit a rough patch early in his U.
When one is confused or riding on a rough patch in life, press the 'Refresh Button' instead of 'Panic Button' and see the difference.