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Bad patch


a period of poor luck

Their marriage has hit a bad patch.
Historical Examples

Giving up the bad patch as hopeless, I would go on and, after I had left it behind, discover the dynamite capable of blasting it.
The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre

It was just a bad patch, the kind of thing that happens when people who love each other stop paying attention for a few years.
Little Brother Cory Doctorow

noun phrase

A period of difficulty, suffering, etc: You went through a real bad patch, a shaky time (1920s+ British)


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