Definition of rough passage in English:

rough passage

phrase

  • 1A journey over rough sea.

    1. 1.1 A difficult time or experience.
      ‘the rough passage faced by the legislation’
      • ‘I told her that it might be a rough passage, but I believed that she had a good chance of being able to walk again.’
      • ‘Ultimately, Geldof discovered more about America and himself than America learned about him during the rough passage that climaxed at the Palladium in New York.’
      • ‘Whatever way you look at it, a rough passage would be a fair appraisal for his sojourn at the top so far.’
      • ‘It's had a rough passage at times, particularly post-9 / 11.’
      • ‘The Stones had a rough passage through the Flower Power era, but came out the other side harder, flasher - with their eyes re-opened.’