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a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. Almost every new business experiences a lean patch at some point or another.
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Lately we have been going through quite a lean patch, with winners being thin on the ground.
The lean patch his career has hit in recent seasons must be seen as a thing of the past.
Injuries and suspensions caught up with him, and sent him through what he confessed was a lean patch.
New Delhi, July 27 ( ANI ): Former left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi on Saturday said that Sachin Tendulkar should be aware of his prolonged lean patch, and must score during India's Test series against South Africa, if he wanted to retain the respect of the cricket loving public in India and in other parts of the world.
He is going through a lean patch and hopes to find something to cheer for at his lucky venue.
The Green Grey, who was in unstoppable form after returning to the all-weather last autumn, has hit a lean patch since, but showed distinct signs that he will soon be on his way back to the winner's enclosure when a close sixth to White Plains at Lingfield on Saturday.
We've been playing good cricket for six months and we have hit a lean patch. The batting is a concern, but we have faith in our players and the mood is fine.
"Charlton are well stocked with strikers but they seem to be going through a lean patch. Mark shouldn't feel down.
Passing through a lean patch, Randhawa has only had five top- 10 finishes in the last two years while the only title victory he tasted was at the Asian Tour's Singha Open in Thailand in March last year.
What makes him particularly appealing today is the good form he has shown going into the race-his successful spell on the all-weather last winter was preceded by something of a lean patch.
The Cumani stable went through a lean patch during the boycott, but the decision, a couple of years ago, to have horses in training in this country again was a welcome boost, not only to Cumani, but for British racing in general.
Akram said: "The West Indies are going through a lean patch.
"He's had a lean patch of late and he struggled against Pakistan's spinner Saeed Ajmal in the winter," Boycott added.
At the end of the play, Kohli said that it was really important to make the most of good form and make it count as it keeps one in good stead when a lean patch comes along.
Of Bodfari Pride's rivals, Henry Hall has often promised a lot without delivering, Classy Cleo is going through a lean patch, and Ziggy's Dancer also looked short of his best until running fourth from a good draw at Thirsk last time.