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noun
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

Other definitions for rock bottom (2 of 2)

rock-bottom
[ rok-bot-uhm ]
/ ˈrɒkˈbɒt əm /

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

Origin of rock-bottom

First recorded in 1880–85
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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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Other 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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