go through a rough patch

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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
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Housekeeper Cynthia, 57, of Boroughbridge, North Yorks, said: "We went through a rough patch and I went off with someone else.