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rock bottom

the very lowest level:
He went bankrupt and touched 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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  • And by putting farmed cod on the menu, it says pressure will be taken off rock-bottom wild stocks.
  • rock-bottom mortgage rates and various anti-foreclosure programs put something of a bottom on house prices.
  • Their ultimate value add was never in rock-bottom prices driven by economies of scale.
  • They'd be in trouble now, too, but they'd have fewer lobsters on hand to worry about unloading at rock-bottom prices.
  • The lease was not renewed, and the remaining merchandise was sold to the bottom feeders at rock-bottom prices.
  • rock-bottom interest rates forced investors to flee to the stock market, but now their last refuge looks scary.
  • But because of deflation, its bond yields remain at rock-bottom levels.
  • Health care and education have improved markedly, from rock-bottom.
  • Thanks in part to rock-bottom interest rates in the rich world, foreign capital is flooding back into emerging economies.
  • From the platinum-plated premium-fare payer to the rock-bottom budget traveller, everyone has to undergo it.
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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