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- A period of excellent performance where nearly everything seems to go right, contrasting with a lower general 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.