in patches

idiom

: in spots
The chair's original paint is still visible in patches.

Examples of in patches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trying to sleep, in patches, the wife crossed a rushing stream on stepping stones that were unsteady beneath her feet; below them, in the water, swarms of small dark sluglike creatures waited for her bare feet to slip. Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Open-source hardware design faces challenges that open-source software didn’t, such as greater costs, a smaller professional community, and inability to supply bug-fixes in patches after the product is released, explains lowRISC CEO Gavin Ferris. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Feb. 2024 The fish were captured both near the surface (notably smelt) and, more frequently, on the seafloor, lurking in patches of vegetation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 This vegan formula from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line goes on easily with either fingertips or a brush, smoothly blending out without collecting in patches or settling into pores. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 7 Jan. 2024 Researchers have found that when people cut trees in patches, leaving the landscape dotted with holes like Swiss cheese, that creates more pockets and edges where humans and infected animals can collide. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 8 Aug. 2023 Vitiligo, a disease that causes loss of pigment in patches of the skin, is an autoimmune disease that’s believed to affect around 1% of the population. Nicole Pajer, Peoplemag, 1 June 2023 Carried down slopes by submarine landslips, plastic objects accumulate in patches in the deep. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2021 The pieces, ranging from $300 to $900, are similarly all vibes, featuring Plessas’ artwork in patches embroidered onto T-shirts, a bomber jacket and a hoodie. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022

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“In patches.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20patches. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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