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rock bottom

the very lowest level:
He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.
Origin of rock bottom
1865-70, Americanism


[rok-bot-uh m] /ˈrɒkˈbɒt əm/
at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low:
rock-bottom prices.
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rock bottom
  • To them it smelled of government regulation, limited yields, and higher taxes at a time when wine prices were at rock bottom.
  • But prices are rock bottom for these portions and true gluttons wouldn't eat anywhere else.
  • Property tax bills go up, home prices remain at rock bottom.
  • Aquatic vegetation is uncommon, due to the gravel and rock bottom.
  • rock bottom is found in the fastest water because all smaller materials are swept downstream.
  • Projects with culverts which have a rock bottom or underground utilities will be exempt from the bottomless requirement.
  • Bottom trawls, dredges, and coring devices are used to collect animals that live in or on the sediments and rock bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for rock bottom

rock bottom

  1. the lowest possible level
  2. (as modifier): rock-bottom prices
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Word Origin and History for rock bottom



"lowest possible," 1884, from noun (1815), from rock (n.1) + bottom (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rock bottom

rock bottom


At the lowest level or part, esp in price: rock-bottom prices on Easter stuff


The lowest level or part: hit rock bottom last week

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with rock bottom

rock bottom

The lowest possible level, absolute bottom, as in Wheat prices have reached rock bottom. This idiom alludes to the presence of bedrock that prevents digging farther down. [ Late 1800s ]
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