Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 2 (Q.No.34)

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase.


He struck several bad patches before he made good.

[A]. came across bad soil
[B]. Had a bad time
[C]. Went through many illness
[D]. Had many professional difficulties

Answer: Option D


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Darshit said: (Aug 9, 2012)  
Can you give any example of this idiom/phrase "struck several bad patches" which can be used in any meaningful sentence ?

Priyank said: (Nov 3, 2013)  
Use the following idioms/ phases in meaningful sentences.

1. To put too eggs in one basket.

Nirmit Shah said: (Apr 23, 2016)  
Struck several bad patches do not necessarily mean bad time professionally, but signifies bad. time.

Kasenya said: (Jun 1, 2016)  
I agree with Nirmit Shah.

Why the specific reference to professional experience?

It means to experience a lot of problems in a period of your life:

Andy's going through a rough patch at the moment - his wife wants a divorce.

Sumit said: (Oct 31, 2016)  
Exactly, No where it is mentioned that it was done in professional career?

Akanksha said: (May 19, 2019)  
I think made good refers to making good money and making money is related to professional life.

Piyali said: (Jul 6, 2021)  
How do you know that he had many professional difficulties? No such reference is given.

Then why not we go for Option B? Explain, please.

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