Definition of rock-bottom in English:



  • 1At the lowest possible level.

    ‘rock-bottom prices’
    • ‘But a small firm should not offer a rock bottom price to get the job unless it leads to more profitable business with that customer in the future.’
    • ‘But it's a misconception that most designers are only interested getting rock-bottom prices.’
    • ‘The supermarket's rotating list of sale items like orange juice, used to draw traffic to the store, are usually offered rock-bottom sale prices.’
    • ‘It usually means people come for quality, not for rock-bottom prices.’
    • ‘Everyone gets rock-bottom fees and then, if it's hugely successful, you get a payday.’
    • ‘Rumor has it that you can find the disc at a rock-bottom price in your local bargain bin, or you can easily find it in the used market as well.’
    • ‘In the United States, airlines are responsible for paying for airport security - and they have been hiring security companies that offer the service at rock-bottom prices.’
    • ‘However, some SE mics were quite good, especially in light of their rock-bottom pricing.’
    • ‘Integrated livestock producers, millers and other processors, and importers have benefited from rock-bottom prices and agribusiness has thrived on supplying the massive inputs required to fuel this overproduction.’
    • ‘He had already been thinking of striking out on his own and had bought a broken-down spray rig for the rock-bottom price of $400 and fixed it himself.’
    • ‘One of the few opportunities provided by the current down economy has been rock-bottom interest rates, a factor that influenced Loomis' console investment.’
    • ‘Considering the HD192's rock-bottom price, any sins of omission are easily forgiven.’
    • ‘But best of all, the CR - 1604 did the impossible: It sounded great and carried a rock-bottom price that anyone could afford.’
    • ‘Despite stock market woes, people are still buying housing lickety-split, fueled by piles of equity in their current properties and rock-bottom mortgage interest rates.’
    • ‘Profits might also be improved if a new owner invested in a ‘tank wagon’ that would permit the company to pick up its own fuel and allow it to shop even more aggressively for rock-bottom prices.’
    • ‘That may seem low to a conventional milk producer, but with his rock-bottom input costs, he is ‘real happy with my profit margin.’’
    • ‘Book value represents a rock-bottom price for the concrete things a company owns, and Eley sees that as a good value gauge.’
    • ‘The rock-bottom price to make a video with high-level production values is around $100,000, and the artist pays at least half of it back to the record company.’
    • ‘He has seen the future - and it's not about selling paper, pens and waste baskets at rock-bottom prices.’
    • ‘Their game console may well be selling at rock-bottom prices at this point in time, but it's only a desperate gamble to stimulate sales before it completely dies.’
    cheap, inexpensive, low-priced, low-cost, economical, moderate, reasonable, modest, bargain, cut-price, bargain-basement
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    1. 1.1 Fundamental.
      ‘a pure, rock-bottom kind of realism’


  • The lowest possible level.

    ‘morale was at rock bottom’
    ‘their relationship hit rock bottom’
    • ‘When my personal life hit rock bottom in New Orleans, where I was a newspaper reporter, I decided to move to San Francisco.’
    • ‘When her plans to go straight reach rock bottom, a desperate soul hits the road again.’
    • ‘It's bad enough to have hundreds of sport movies with little kids or animals as the stars, but to now toss in this variation, we've reached rock bottom.’
    • ‘Like the best Shakespearean tragedies, each player is set up carefully, so that each one causes as much damage as possible on the way down to rock bottom.’
    • ‘When the boomers are gone, the Academy Awards will hit a much-needed rock bottom.’
    • ‘Simply put, Lyne, who's had success with similarly titillating marital crisis efforts hits rock bottom here.’
    • ‘By 1992, the Nunez family had hit rock bottom, in debt and living off of their credit cards.’
    • ‘As the film opens, Bob is dragging his sorry carcass through Nice, just a few inches away from rock bottom.’
    • ‘When he reaches rock bottom, Jim faces the possibility of having to send his children to stay with relatives.’
    • ‘This film seems to suggest that, until you reach rock bottom, you'll never fully regain your integrity.’
    • ‘I think it may have been the director's career hitting rock bottom with his latest horror effort.’
    • ‘There are the big explosions, gun battles and ridiculous human drama: Gary walking out on the team, hitting rock bottom, having a crisis of conscience and returning to save the day.’
    • ‘For me, the '80s were rock bottom in American cinema.’
    • ‘Another problem with the movie is that the effects budget seems to have been at rock bottom during the sequence where the main character is in critical condition.’
    • ‘For two years, world prices have been at rock bottom, as production has outstripped demand.’
    • ‘Realizing he's hit rock bottom, Randy is determined to pay his own way back to school and regain Jenny's love.’
    • ‘I thought we'd seen rock bottom with this film and its paltry sequel.’
    • ‘Here's a kid with untapped talent who has hit rock bottom as the movie starts.’
    • ‘This being early in a Hollywood film, when things seem as though they've hit rock bottom, the tragedy has merely begun.’
    • ‘The reputation of LA cops hit rock bottom during the Rodney King affair, but what happens here is beyond belief.’
    lowest level, lower limit, bottom level, bottom, base, least, lowest, rock bottom, slightest, depth, nadir
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