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.
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go through a rough patch

If something or someone goes through a rough patch, they experience a period when they have problems. The family business was going through a rough patch. Many of the cast are famous film actors going through a bad patch. Note: You can also say that someone or something hits a rough patch or hits a bad patch if they start to experience problems. Any artist with a successful career sometimes hits a rough patch.
See also: go, patch, rough, through
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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.
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.
Islamabad, July 5(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and United States Ambassador Cameron Munter have admitted that the US-Pak ties are going through a rough patch, but underlined common goals of both sides.
Q MY boyfriend and I have been going through a rough patch and I suggested we take a break.
Wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid is going through a rough patch professionally and personally.
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.
If the Beckham marriage is going through a rough patch it certainly didn't show.
And England coach Duncan Fletcher revealed wicketkeeper James Foster's role was also under review after admitting the 21-year-old gloveman was "going through a rough patch".
As for KC, he's going through a rough patch and maybe needs a rest to give JoeMax Moore or the big man a chance.