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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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The bizarro world version of that is sites like WeLeakInfo, which takes that same data breach data and sells it for rock bottom prices to hackers who want to exploit it. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records," 18 Jan. 2020 End-of-Year Clearance to find rock bottom prices on plenty of last-chance finds, including holiday decor for next year. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the best after-Christmas sales to shop before the new year starts," 27 Dec. 2019 Earlier this season, Denver hit rock bottom at 0-4. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: “Hit ’em in the mouth.” Courtland Sutton and Broncos itching to pick fight with Chiefs.," 14 Dec. 2019 Alaska's regional flights around the West Coast are going at rock bottom prices: San Francisco to Las Vegas for just $29, or to Washington's Everett/Paine Field (a new designer airport just outside Seattle) as low as $49. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cyber Monday 2019 Flight Deals: Delta, Alaska, and Other Airlines From $29 One-Way," 2 Dec. 2019 There are changes, some rather significant—the fates of certain characters, for instance, or condensing Dan's descent into alcoholism and hitting rock bottom, which takes up the entire first third of the book. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Doctor Sleep joins IT as one of the best Stephen King adaptations yet," 8 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Arkansas has hit rock bottom under former SMU coach Chad Morris, having lost six straight. C.j. Doon,, "Is LSU vs. Alabama a playoff elimination game? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 11," 8 Nov. 2019 Helicopter money is a last resort in economies where nominal interest rates have hit rock bottom, and even with quantitative easing the threat of outright deflation lingers. Washington Post, "India Sends Up the Monetary Helicopters," 24 Sep. 2019 Oregon State is an extremely tough place to coach, as evidenced by its two 10-plus win seasons in its 103-year history, but the Beavers hit rock bottom, becoming one of the worst teams in the Power 5. C.j. Doon,, "College football overreaction index, Week 12: Does Nick Saban deserve blame for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury?," 18 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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