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go through a sticky 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 sticky patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Our marriage went through a sticky patch after Frank lost his job, but now our relationship is stronger than ever.
See also: go, patch, sticky, through
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go through, hit, etc. a ˈbad/ˈsticky patch

come to a difficult time in your business, marriage, etc: We’ve struck a bad patch in our marriage.High inflation meant that her business went through a sticky patch.
See also: bad, go, patch, sticky
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But he insists: "We're going through a sticky patch. But there are 30 games to go."
Never mind the fact Chelsea are going through a sticky patch at present, Peter Cech - not known for his outlandish comments - has done little for his club's popularity on Merseyside with this latest claim.
Marriage may be going through a sticky patch, but my money is on its survival.
I've been associated with the club a long time and I think it's a great club which is going through a sticky patch.
"The flipside is that with hard- working sides if you are going through a sticky patch you need to roll your sleeves up and wade in.
"They are going through a sticky patch at the moment but this is just the sort of game when they can bounce back."