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rock-bottom

[rok-bot-uh m]
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adjective
  1. at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low: rock-bottom prices.
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Origin of rock-bottom

First recorded in 1880–85

rock bottom

noun
  1. the very lowest level: He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.
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Origin of rock bottom

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for rock-bottom

rock bottom

noun
    1. the lowest possible level
    2. (as modifier)rock-bottom prices
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Word Origin and History for rock-bottom

adj.

"lowest possible," 1884, from noun (1815), from rock (n.1) + bottom (n.).

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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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