[ rok-bot-uh m ]
/ ˈrɒkˈbɒt əm /


at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low: rock-bottom prices.

Origin of rock-bottom

First recorded in 1880–85

Definition for rock-bottom (2 of 2)

rock bottom


the very lowest level: He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.

Origin of rock bottom

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rock-bottom

rock bottom


  1. the lowest possible level
  2. (as modifier)rock-bottom prices
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Idioms and Phrases with rock-bottom

rock bottom

The lowest possible level, absolute bottom, as in Wheat prices have reached rock bottom. This idiom alludes to the presence of bedrock that prevents digging farther down. [Late 1800s]

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