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Definition of rock-bottom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being the very lowest rock-bottom prices also : fundamental the rock-bottom question

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Definition of rock bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lowest or most fundamental part or level

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rock-bottom

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of rock-bottom in a Sentence

Noun After years of heavy drug use, she has finally reached rock bottom. Their marriage has hit rock bottom.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the loss, White and the Rattlers parted ways and the Rattlers began a spiral decline, until former SaberCats assistant coach Kevin Guy took over as coach in 2008, a year after the franchise hit rock bottom going 4-12. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 Sonic fans pointed to the reboot as the cause for Sonic hitting rock bottom, a curse on Sonic and subsequent games in the franchise for years to come. Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, 27 May 2021 Who among us doesn’t have a friend or relative with a gambling problem who needs that little nudge to hit rock bottom and seek help? Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 In 2018, Rashad moved back to L.A. and nearly hit rock bottom. Cydney Lee, Vulture, 30 July 2021 The Skulls hit rock bottom in their season last week, losing to Northern Arizona 48-44 in the final minute. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2021 Yet public trust and expectations of accountability are at rock bottom. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021 Only three of the current Suns players were here when the franchise was at rock bottom. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2021 What's more worrisome for Republicans: There is zero evidence that Trump has hit rock bottom yet. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of rock-bottom


1884, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock-bottom was in 1884

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“Rock-bottom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rock-bottom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very low

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English Language Learners Definition of rock bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lowest possible level or point


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