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English definition of “go through a bad/difficult/rough/sticky patch”

go through a bad/difficult/rough/sticky patch

informal
C2 to experience a lot of problems in a period of your life: Andy's going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment - his wife wants a divorce.
(Definition of go through a bad/difficult/rough/sticky patch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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