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patchy

adjective     /ˈpætʃ.i/
only existing or happening in some parts: The varnish is a bit patchy on this table. Southeast England will start with some patchy rain/patchy cloud at first.Rough, irregular and unevenIncomplete sometimes good and sometimes bad: Matthew found the service extremely patchy.Changing frequentlyChangingQuite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable patchily     /-ɪ.li/ adverb Incomplete patchiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Incomplete
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