a rough few days


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It's been a rough few days for President Obama's signature health care law. Now three major health insurers say they will cancel many of the policies they offer through the Obamacare exchanges. The companies say they're losing hundreds of millions of dollars on those policies.

(This comes from npr.org: Aetna Joins Other Major Insurers In Pulling Back From Obamacare on August 16, 2016.)

Is the blue part a set phrase? Does it mean a few rough/tough days?

Thanks in advance!
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    Yes, but I think that if you say "a few rough days," the days could be last Thursday, last Sunday, and yesterday, whereas "a rough few days" implies a series of consecutive rough days.
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