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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: 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 Five years ago next month, Steve Sarkisian’s life and coaching career hit rock bottom. Mike Rodak |, al, "Five years after USC exit, Steve Sarkisian’s career on the rise again," 16 Sep. 2020 Incompetence breeds further incompetence so rock bottom continues to approach. WSJ, "The Obvious Solution to Portland’s Clashes," 3 Sep. 2020 The Federal Reserve took a historic step Thursday by approving a new policy that aims to spur higher inflation and more aggressively push down unemployment, a strategy that will likely keep interest rates at rock bottom for years. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "What the Fed's shift toward lower rates means for borrowers, savers, markets and the economy," 28 Aug. 2020 But just months into his return to music, Chance hit rock bottom. Tomás Mier,, "Greyson Chance Details His Turning Point amid Anorexia Struggle: 'This Is Not How I'm Giving Up'," 21 Aug. 2020 At that point in time that was rock bottom for her. CBS News, "Survivor continues to heal 30 years after her family's prom night murder," 15 Aug. 2020 The Frenchman's relationship with the club appeared to reach rock bottom earlier this season, with constant rumors linking the midfielder with a move away from the club. Ben Church, CNN, "How Bruno Fernandes transformed Manchester United's fortunes," 4 Aug. 2020 Auburn leads the all-time series, 28-22-3, and has won six of the last seven matchups; prior to the 2018 loss -- which served as rock bottom for the Tigers that season -- Auburn had won six in a row against Tennessee. Tom Green |, al, "What the new SEC schedule means for Auburn in 2020," 7 Aug. 2020 When morale and money hit rock bottom, Alejandro came up with a plan. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "The spectacular tale of a stranded circus—and its great escape from Honduras," 27 July 2020

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rock-bottom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a price : 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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