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rock-bot·​tom ˈräk-ˈbä-təm How to pronounce rock-bottom (audio)
: being the very lowest
rock-bottom prices
also : fundamental
the rock-bottom question

rock bottom

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: the lowest or most fundamental part or level

Example Sentences

Noun After years of heavy drug use, she has finally reached rock bottom. Their marriage has hit rock bottom.
Recent Examples on the Web
Part of that mission is a promise not to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t understand the true value of their home, even as franchisees pursue rock-bottom prices. Propublica, Dallas News, 11 May 2023 Build-quality is often a bit lacking, but the price is rock-bottom. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 10 May 2023 Years later, after Herbert left San Francisco Bancorp and founded First Republic, his new bank became known for handing out interest-only mortgages at rock-bottom rates to borrowers with high incomes and exceptional credit scores. Hannah Levitt, Fortune, 1 May 2023 Morningstar analysts give this ETF a gold rating because of rock-bottom fees and long-term steady returns. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2023 As interest rates hit rock-bottom in the years that followed the crisis, many savers and investors turned to non-banks in search of higher returns. Anna Cooban, CNN, 6 Apr. 2023 The bank had to invest a mountain of customer cash at a time of rock-bottom interest rates. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2023 At a time of year when the number of homes for sale usual climbs in anticipation of the prime spring buying months, it’s been on the decline, driven lower by people like Chanes who don’t want to ditch their rock-bottom mortgage rates or sell into a market where home prices have been falling. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2023 Of course, an immaculate soft landing with lower inflation, lower rates, financial stability, and rock-bottom unemployment rates is the preferred pathway. Philipp Carlsson-szlezak, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2023
Either win or recognize this as rock bottom. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Dec. 2022 The Raiders failed to take down the Indianapolis Colts in Jeff Saturday's NFL coaching debut and now roll into Denver at a virtual rock bottom. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Now 4-4 and sinking lower each week, a broken BYU team hasn’t yet found rock bottom. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2022 The Reds must hope this season represents a rock bottom. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 5 Oct. 2022 Sarver has hit rock bottom, professionally. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2022 One measure of investor sentiment tracked by the bank, based off hedge fund positioning, flows into credit and equity funds and other factors, has hit rock bottom—an indication that markets look oversold and investors should start buying again, analysts said. Akane Otani, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Butcher's at rock bottom. Alex Raiman,, 3 June 2022 Lilia and Cipriano had yet to reach rock bottom. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1884, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rock-bottom was in 1884

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“Rock-bottom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

rock bottom

: the lowest point or level
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