a rough passage

a rough passage

A particularly difficult, trying, or unpleasant experience. Despite the romanticized image we have now, America's early pioneers faced a rough passage of starvation, disease, and murder in their journey west. The markets have had a rough passage over the past week, as threats of a trade war has made investors skittish.
See also: passage, rough
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a rough passage

a difficult time or experience.
See also: passage, rough
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After a rough passage, they arrive at Bluff Cove early on Sunday.