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adj. patch·i·er, patch·i·est
1. Made up of or marked by patches: patchy trousers.
2. Uneven in quality or performance: Their work is patchy at best.

patch′i·ly adv.
patch′i·ness n.
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Adv.1.patchily - in spots
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The second half goes from patchily funny to downright silly (this is where Hathaway adopts the Teutonic accent), and the gender-flipped aspect doesn't wholly work either.
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The Western chimpanzee is found in West Africa where it is patchily distributed from Senegal to Ghana and is already thought to be extinct in Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo.
The sale of this commodity to minors has been banned for a long time, but it is only enforced and even then, patchily in the more affluent areas of well-policed urban areas.
It has no place in a world of nation-states committed to universal values, however patchily they might be upheld.
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