General Writing and Grammar Help/Go through a rough patch

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Dear Ted:

Would you please give me some formal and informal/colloquial/idiomatic alternatives to "go through a rough patch"?

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Would you please give me some formal and informal/colloquial/idiomatic alternatives to "go through a rough patch"?

**** "To go through a rough patch" is a regional idiom.  Not everyone in this country uses or even recognizes the expression.  It essentially means that you are experiencing some difficult times.  ["Difficult times" is a "formal" expression.]

Here are some other alternatives:

Have some bad times
Suffer from setbacks
Experience many problems
Walk on a rocky road
Feel down in the dumps
Encounter many obstacles


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