hit a sticky patch

hit a sticky patch

To experience or be in the midst of a period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. Her business has hit a bit of a sticky patch lately. If things don't pick up soon, she might have to close shop. Our marriage hit a sticky patch after Frank lost his job, but now, we love each other more than ever.
See also: hit, patch, sticky

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, patch, sticky
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Whenever Leeds hit a sticky patch, McDermott remains cool, calm and collected, and the Rhinos turn it around - including three years ago when they went from a side faced with the prospect of collecting the wooden spoon to going on to lift the Super League trophy at Old Trafford
Nock boss McCluckie said: "We had hit a sticky patch lately and it was vital to get back to winning ways.
On hand to help were operations manager Amy Dixon and trainee Kitt Gotto just in case the minister hit a sticky patch.
The Under-12s hit a sticky patch, losing two in a row, both to Cali Girls, the first by 4-0 with Gabs the girl of the match, and then losing 2-1 with Gabs scoring and Tasha Jones earning the girl-of-the-match award for her sterling work in defence.
My first selection is in the East Premier League where I'm taking title favourites Sauchie at 1-1 to get a victory away to Oakley who have hit a sticky patch while Sauchie have climbed the table.
The three-time former world champion has hit a sticky patch in his career, losing first-round matches at the UK and Ladbrokes Mobile Masters and is ninth in the world rankings.
Play-off chasing Lincoln are without a win in five games, and Mayo added: "We've hit a sticky patch and we need to put things right.