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purple patch (plural purple patches)
- A period of excellent performance, where nearly everything seems to go right, work properly, and contrasting with a more general lower level of performance.
- The England team hit a purple patch just after half-time, where they scored 3 goals in 10 minutes, but in the end they were lucky to escape with a 3-3 draw.
- An ornate or elaborate section of a written work, a patch of purple prose