Any major rally in oil prices is likely to be tempered by still-falling demand and OPEC's patchy history of sticking to pledged output cuts.
“You know, I guess the best way to describe government policy is like a person trying to drive a car in a rough patch,” he said. “If you ever get stuck in a situation like that, you know full well it’s important not to overcorrect, because when you overcorrect you end up in the ditch.”
Dude, you’re already in the ditch.correct Show phonetics
1 to show or tell someone that something is wrong and to make it right:
Students said it was helpful if the teacher corrected their pronunciation.
I've got thirty exam papers to correct.
2 If a medical treatment corrects a particular condition, it cures the condition or makes it easier to manage:
glasses to correct poor vision
a chair which corrects bad posture
IN BRIEF: v. - To apply adjustments in excess of what is required, as in a lens.
patch (AREA) Show phonetics
1 a small area which is different in some way from the area that surrounds it:
Our dog has a black patch on his back.
The hotel walls were covered in damp patches.
There were lots of icy patches on the road this morning.
This story is good in patches (= some parts are good), but I wouldn't really recommend it.
2 INFORMAL a local area within which someone works:
He's been working as a policeman on the same patch for twenty years.
patchy Show phonetics
1 only existing or happening in some parts:
The varnish is a bit patchy on this table.
Southeast England will start with some patchy rain/patchy cloud at first.
2 sometimes good and sometimes bad:
Matthew found the service offered by estate agents extremely patchy.
spotty Show phonetics
1 UK describes a person with spots on their skin:
I knew him when he was just a spotty youth.
2 US (UK AND AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH patchy) bad in some parts:
She has a fairly spotty work record.
Sales have picked up a little but they're still spotty.