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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 Under President Barack Obama, the S&P 500 rose 85% during his first term, having hit rock bottom in March 2009 during the financial crisis. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Trump leaves office with a good — but not historically great — stock market record," 20 Jan. 2021 Woods didn’t hit rock bottom right after his divorce, as most viewers will know. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "In Tiger, a Portrait of a Phenom Who Was Never Allowed to Be a Kid," 15 Jan. 2021 Yes, the Jaguars have hit rock bottom under the direction of Tom Coughlin (fired last December), Dave Caldwell and Marrone. Barry Wilner, ajc, "On Football: NFL coaching carousel about to start spinning," 26 Dec. 2020 That might end up being rock bottom for the Tigers in this miserable follow-up to last year's national title. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "From Georgia to LSU to USC: These are five big questions for Week 15 in college football," 10 Dec. 2020 On that grave night in Green Bay, the Bears hit rock bottom and passed the point of no return on their way there. Dan Wiederer,, "Cover your eyes: It can often be a humiliating experience when the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers in prime time," 27 Nov. 2020 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

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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 Feb. 2021.

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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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