Definition of purple patch in English:

purple patch

noun

  • 1British informal A run of success or good luck.

    • ‘Dale then hit a purple patch, playing with extraordinary verve to win six of the next seven frames to level the match at 7-7.’
    • ‘It was then the turn of Offaly to hit a purple patch with Ken Casey pointing for the visitors after a foul on James Gorman.’
    • ‘Willie Minchin reduced the gap again before Kildavin / Clonegal hit a purple patch culminating with Sinnott's first goal.’
    • ‘To balance that, though, I think I'm going through a purple patch at the moment.’
    • ‘Terence Moran and McClearn exchanged points to leave the Mayo champions five clear at the interval and Pat McAndrew extended that further in the 33rd minute before Loughrea hit a purple patch.’
    • ‘Dingle then hit a five-minute purple patch before the break and added three points without reply with Ferriter converting an angled free, and Sean Geaney kicking two fine points.’
    • ‘Skellig Rangers then hit a purple patch and scored four points in a row.’
    • ‘Keith Furlong had a good point before john Keogh hit a purple patch in which he scored 1-2 in three minutes.’
    • ‘In addition, the forward lines seemed to hit a purple patch and the girls continued to puncture holes in the Monaghan side's defence.’
    • ‘Mid-Way through the second half Timahoe hit a purple patch and hit three points without reply, they pressed for that all illusive goal but it never came.’
    • ‘Leading 0-5 to 0-4 at this stage Emo were looking good but once again Arles / Kilcruise hit a purple patch as they sent over the next five scores.’
    • ‘Rangers then hit a purple patch and with strikes from Roman Zuric, Floyd Phillips and Ian Walker denied their visitors taking all three points.’
    • ‘A winner over this course and distance during his purple patch two seasons ago, Smart Predator found himself too high in the ratings and failed to win a single race last term.’
    • ‘Scarborough scored virtually from the kick off to the second half, then hit a purple patch to run in 30 points in the next 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Substitute Michelle Doyle made an immediate impact, striking over twice, while wing forward Grainne Nulty hit a purple patch with a quarter-hour remaining, volleying over three points in four minutes.’
    • ‘Another three bogeys quickly followed, but then, as the rain and wind promised to relent, he hit a purple patch of two pars before returning to the order of the day.’
    • ‘We hit a purple patch at the start of the second half and that really knocked Tullow back on their heels.’
    • ‘Nemo had hit a purple patch and points from Joe and Derek Kavanagh powered them two in front again as Bishopstown wilted.’
    • ‘Within five minutes of the restart, Bees were a further five points ahead but then Keighley hit a purple patch and scored two unconverted tries.’
    • ‘That is not to say that he will not hit a purple patch at Wimbledon but if his serve falters slightly his chances of reaching another Wimbledon final will evaporate.’
  • 2

    another term for purple passage