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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

rock bottom


Definition of rock bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lowest or most fundamental part or level

Synonyms & Antonyms for rock-bottom

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 mortgage rates well above 5%, refinance activity that was on fire when rates were at rock bottom during the pandemic has dried up, running more than 70% lower than last year. Anna Bahney, CNN, 20 June 2022 Real isn’t who’s with you at your celebration; real is who’s standing next to you at rock bottom. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 13 May 2022 Policymakers had pledged to keep interest rates at rock bottom and continue to buy huge sums of bonds until the job market had healed substantially. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The Fed under Powell kept rates at rock bottom and flooded the economy with more money by buying massive amounts of bonds to spur growth and employment gains for disadvantaged workers, who are typically last to benefit from a recovery. Don Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 JetBlue is banking on the acquisition as its best shot at near-term growth, even though the deal would mean combining its own full-service product with a model based around offering rock bottom prices and charging for every extra. Charlotte Ryan, Fortune, 16 May 2022 For a decade, rock bottom mortgage rates helped home buyers steadily bid up the cost of housing. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Other parents cited the higher risks children face from auto accidents and other dangers, noting the rock bottom rate of serious infection and deaths from COVID among children in the state. Jesse Leavenworth,, 8 Feb. 2022 Amazon has so many best-selling iRobot models on sale at rock bottom prices. Maren Estrada, BGR, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Rock-bottom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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