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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 our relationship is stronger than ever.
See also: hit, patch, sticky
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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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