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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

bottom, bottommost, low, lowermost, nethermost, undermost

Synonyms: Noun

base, basement, bottom, foot, nadir

Antonyms: Adjective

highest, loftiest, top, topmost, upmost, uppermost

Antonyms: Noun

head, top, vertex

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Examples of rock-bottom in a Sentence


After years of heavy drug use, she has finally reached rock bottom. Their marriage has hit rock bottom.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bryce Harper hits rock bottom Plenty of players have been underperforming here. Emma Baccellieri,, "What Is Wrong With the Washington Nationals?," 6 July 2018 The Circle J&B Ranch includes a seven-bedroom ranch house with a rock bottom swimming pool. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This ranch will make you fall in love with west Texas, and it's for sale," 29 May 2018 After hitting rock bottom in her personal life--divorcing her husband, losing her youngest son to a motorcycle accident, and filing for bankruptcy and losing her house--Johnson got involved with a group of people who were transporting cocaine. Britni Danielle,, "Who Is Alice Marie Johnson? 5 Things To Know About The Black Woman Kim Kardashian Is Trying To Free From Prison," 31 May 2018 Democrats are near rock bottom in their control of governorships, totaling just 16 after picking up New Jersey last year. Washington Post, "Redistricting battles heighten the stakes for 2018 gubernatorial races," 24 Feb. 2018 The striker was instrumental in ending die Schwarzgelben's four-game winless run with a brace against a rock bottom, but spirited, FC Köln side at the RheinEnergieStadion., "Michy Batshuayi 'Not Thinking' About Long-Term Future Despite Goalscoring Start at Borussia Dortmund," 16 Feb. 2018 If Deutsche has hit rock bottom, Mr. Braunstein’s bet could pay out handsomely. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Why Deutsche’s New Investor Is No Warren Buffett," 2 Nov. 2018 Since hitting rock bottom, Grichuk has slashed .321/.377/.732 with six homers and 15 RBI. Michael Beller,, "Plenty of Outfield Talent Available on the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire," 22 June 2018 That approach makes sense to parents who feel that the district’s rock bottom test scores demand extraordinary measures. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Thousands of grade school children in Detroit go without recess," 7 July 2018

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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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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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