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rock bottom



  1. the very lowest level:

    He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.



[ rok-bot-uhm ]


  1. at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low:

    rock-bottom prices.

rock bottom


    1. the lowest possible level
    2. ( as modifier )

      rock-bottom prices

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rock bottom1

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

Origin of rock bottom2

First recorded in 1880–85

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

At the start of 2020, Michigan-based Lexa VanDamme was at her financial rock bottom.

Four years later, England reached the quarterfinals of Euro 2004 and Germany reached rock bottom.

From Time

He had left the active duty military and hit what he has since called his personal “rock bottom,” including a suicide attempt.

The episode of Girls airing this Sunday has Marnie hitting what, for all intents and purposes, should be considered rock bottom.

Remember when we all thought Miley Cyrus careering head first towards rock bottom just because she twerked?

After excising him from her life completely, Hannah is rescued from rock bottom of an emotional meltdown by Adam (Adam Driver).

How did your superstar writer rock band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, form?

Do you think we noticed the red oilcloth table cover, the dingy lamp, and the rock-bottom sofa?

It was while I was in Birmingham that the industrial depression reached rock bottom.

He had been brought up in an outdoor school which taught that the rock-bottom factor of a man's character is gameness.

For a large part of its course the Elkhorn flows over rock bottom.

The water flows swiftly over its sandy bed, but Mr. K. says "there is rock bottom here."


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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