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    IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    Hi.

    I'm looking for the meaning of the following idiom, found in "Towards Zero" by Agatha Christie.

    IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".
    FOUND IN: "Kay Strange, dressed in shorts, and a canary-coloured woolly, was leaning forward watching the tennis players. It was the semifinal of the St. Loo tournament, menís singles, and Nevile was playing young Merrick, who was regarded as the coming star in the tennis firmament. His brilliance was undeniableósome of his serves quite unreturnableóbut he occasionally struck a wild patch when the older manís experience and court crafts won the day."

    Thank You.

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    Re: IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    I've never heard this phrase but I can easily work out the meaning from the context of the passage.

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    Re: IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    Thank You. Would you like to share what you have guessed?

    I thought of either "Making an unexpected mistake" or "Getting irritated"/"Going into a huff". From the context (ie. he strikes the "wild patch" after having lost already and not during the match), the second would seem more logical.

    Either way, I'm not sure; hence, why I'm asking.

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    Re: IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    I was thinking it meant that he had periods where his game was off, perhaps due to a lapse in composure.

    I don't take from the context that he was getting in a huff.

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    Re: IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I was thinking it meant that he had periods where his game was off, perhaps due to a lapse in composure.

    I don't take from the context that he was getting in a huff.
    It could be but what does suggest you the "lapse in composure" specifically?

    I had the, possibly wrong, impression that "striking the wild patch" happens at game finished, from the last part of the sentence ("when the older manís experience and court crafts won the day.").

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    Re: IDIOM: "To strike a wild patch".

    Quote Originally Posted by FruGio View Post
    It could be but what does suggest you the "lapse in composure" specifically?
    The word wild.

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