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a rough passage

A particularly difficult, trying, or unpleasant experience. Despite the romanticized image we have now, America's early pioneers faced a rough passage of starvation, disease, and murder in their journey west. The markets have had a rough passage over the past week, as threats of a trade war has made investors skittish.
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a rough passage

a difficult time or experience.
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The daughter of Bahamian Bounty suffered a rough passage towards the line, which did her no favours, but it was the seven-furlong trip which proved her undoing.
Alan Jarvis' lly endured a rough passage to the line in the 1000 Guineas, in which she beat just four horses home, but her form as a juvenile, during which time she also won on soft ground, was very good.
Alan Jarvis' filly endured a rough passage to the line in the 1000 Guineas, in which she beat just four horses home, but her form as a juvenile, during which time she also won on soft ground, was very good.
Critique: A superbly crafted historical novel wherein the author has taken enormous care with respect to accuracy of detail regarding shipboard life in the early 19th Century, "Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain's Tale" is enthusiastically recommended reading and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library historical fiction collections.
The mare endured a rough passage but looked to hold every chance once getting a clear run in the straight under Olivier Peslier.
Twice Over, however, was never a factor from his wide draw, suffering a rough passage and never engaging top gear, eventually finishing ninth.
The Oratorio colt endured a rough passage in the 2009 Juvenile at Santa Anita, losing his place on the first bend before finishing strongly for sixth.
However, the numbers do not quite tell the story as she was unlucky to go down by a short head at Newmarket in October while Gerard Butler's runner suffered a rough passage last time at this track.
After a rough passage in which everyone was seasick, the ship's passengers reached New York.
Mick Channon's Youmzain had a rough passage and flashed home two lengths away to take the runner-up honours for the second year running while Soldier Of Fortune and It's Gino dead-heated for third.
Industry observers blamed the talks' rough passage to flagging share prices on the Jasdaq bourse, as well as to a recent tendency of individual investors to distance themselves from Jasdaq and other stock markets for start-up companies and venture businesses.
Often girls have a pretty rough passage through adolescence, one well noted and written about in our culture, and a lot of parents worry about the development of their beloved but perhaps difficult daughters.
Castle Howard, still lightly raced, had a rough passage and the valuable 14-furlong Mallard Handicap at the Leger meeting would be right up his street.
Well, the driver gets to have all the fun while the passenger gets a rough passage -- minus the fun factor.
Yann Beuron (Almaviva) overcame some initial rough passage work to soar through Rossini's brilliant showpieces in the company of odd companions from an out-of-tune banda to mariachis.