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patchy

adjective uk   /ˈpætʃ.i/ us  
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. sometimes good and sometimes bad: Matthew found the service extremely patchy.
patchily
adverb uk   /-ɪ.li/ us  
patchiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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