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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 With central banks pledging to keep interest rates near rock bottom for the foreseeable future, that pipeline of support is only poised to expand. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "A wall of money is ready for the post-pandemic economy," 15 Nov. 2020 In what has already been a trying year for Michigan's offense, the unit hit rock bottom in the first half. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football humiliated by Wisconsin in historic 49-11 thrashing," 15 Nov. 2020 In 1970, 5-4 for a franchise in the midst of a 20-year streak of winning seasons was rock bottom. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "50 years ago, a MNF game vs. Cardinals helped turn Cowboys’ season around. Could history repeat itself?," 18 Oct. 2020 There were predictions, in late spring, that when the economy began to rebound from rock bottom, Mr. Trump might easily persuade voters to see a partial recovery as a miraculous resurrection. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Trump’s Illness Makes It Clear: This Election Was Always About the Virus," 2 Oct. 2020 The program hit rock bottom in 2018-19, going 0-18 in the AAC during Mike Dunleavy’s last year. G Smith,, "Tulane men's hoops coach Ron Hunter as optimistic as ever entering year No. 2," 30 Sep. 2020 Jack Boughton, a prodigal son of an Iowan pastor, is headed for rock bottom: boozing, stealing and engaging in some old-fashioned draft-dodging. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, "The 11 Best Books of Fall," 23 Sep. 2020 Retail investing craze has become a global trend as more people get bored stuck at home and deposit rates fall to rock bottom. Ishika Mookerjee,, "UBS Says Retail Frenzy to Drive Stocks Gains in Southeast Asia," 18 Sep. 2020 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

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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 25 Nov. 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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