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purple patch

noun
1.
Also called purple passage. a section in a piece of writing characterized by rich, fanciful, or ornate language
2.
(slang) a period of success, good fortune, etc
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  • Sometimes he sews on to the sober gray of his scepticism a purple patch of theistic declamation.

  • A minute afterwards, the purple patch suddenly appeared from a shop and almost collided with her.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then the purple patch vanished into a shop, and Miss Mapp, all smiles and poppies, went with her basket up the street.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • The description of them is simply a purple patch of fine writing.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight

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