a rough patch

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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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The former X Factor judge, 34, and One Direction star, 24, are "going through a rough patch" with some insiders speculating they could split.
It had been claimed the couple hit a rough patch after the NFL star received a four-game suspension from the New England Patriots earlier this year.
Summary: The economy has gone through a rough patch in the recent past.
New Delhi, March 14 (ANI): The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament has hit a rough patch, with the Home Ministry asking the organizers to rework the revised schedule.
And while Vince still adores Kendra, who is attending a college nearby, their relationship hits a rough patch. She's spending all her time on her lead role in a musical, while Vince is tempted by the beautiful girls he meets at school.
Wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid is going through a rough patch professionally and personally.
Patient A said: "For a couple that may have been going through a rough patch or just starting out in a relationship it could have been just utterly devastating for them."
The pair's pals have blasted reports stating that the two are not together, insisting that they have "hit a rough patch", Contactmusic reported.
Justin, age 13, is going through a rough patch. His beloved brother Duane has enlisted in the army and is being shipped out to Iraq; his father has left, perhaps for good; and his depressed mother can barely get out of bed most days.
An insider said: 'Kate knows Goldie and Russell are going through a rough patch - they have before, but this time it's more serious.