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adjective patchy pronunciation in British English /ˈpætʃi/
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  1. 1
    happening or existing in some places but not in other places

    If your lawn has extensive areas of patchy growth, try watering it.

    Demand for the product has been patchy.

    patchy rain/cloud/fog:

    Low clouds and patchy rain are forecast for tomorrow.

  2. 2
    not detailed enough or complete enough to be useful

    patchy evidence

    His memory of yesterday’s events remains patchy.

    I have only a patchy knowledge of Spanish history.

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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