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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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500 territory as they improved to 2-2 and tied Jose Rizal University at the fifth spot while the Lady Pirates are in a rough patch with a 1-3 record.
As their ambitious plans to start a new family business in Corfu hit a rough patch when the locals are accidentally poisoned, life in the Durrell household gets even crazier in series two.
Some Indian reports claim the actor was in heavy debt apart from having a rough patch with the family members.
They're always up and down, but they went through a very rough patch as recently as last week," the source said.
New Delhi, June 7 ( ANI ): Seems like the season of break-up has completely taken over Bollywood, as it has now been revealed that another adorable couple John Abraham and Priya Runchal are going through a rough patch.
The first quarter of 2016 can be considered as a rough patch for the shipping industry, including tankers.
I suffer depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self-hatred.
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.
Summary: The economy has gone through a rough patch in the recent past.
Rickie Lambert has come through his own rough patch
After a decidedly rough patch, the Hallmark Hall of Fame gets a bit of its mojo back in time for Mother's Day with "In My Dreams," a magic-tinged romance pairing Katharine McPhee (no, she doesn't sing) with "Under the Dome's" Mike Vogel.
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.