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patchyadjective

uk   /ˈpætʃ.i/  us   /ˈpætʃ.i/
only ​existing or ​happening in some ​parts: The ​varnish is a little patchy on this ​table. The ​morning will ​start with some patchy ​rain/​cloud/​fog at first.
sometimes good and sometimes ​bad: Matthew ​found the ​serviceextremely patchy.
patchily
adverb uk   /ˈpætʃ.əl.i/  us   /ˈpætʃ.əl.i/
patchiness
noun [U] uk   /ˈpætʃ.i.nəs/  us   /ˈpætʃ.i.nəs/
(Definition of patchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patchyadjective

 us   /ˈpætʃ·i/
happening or ​existing in ​smallareas: patchy ​rain/​fog
If ​information is patchy, only ​smallparts of it are ​known: My ​knowledge of ​physics is ​pretty patchy.
(Definition of patchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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