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1‘the ship rocked on the water’
move to and fro, move backwards and forwards, move back and forth, sway, swing, see-saw
roll, pitch, plunge, toss, lurch, reel, list
wobble, undulate, oscillate
2‘the building began to rock on its foundations’
shake, vibrate, quake, tremble
3‘Wall Street was rocked by the news and shares fell 4.3 per cent’
stun, shock, stagger, astound, astonish, amaze, startle, surprise, dumbfound, daze, shake, shake up, set someone back on their heels, take aback, throw, unnerve, disconcert
1‘a narrow gully strewn with rocks’
Australian informal goolie
2‘a castle built on a rock’
crag, cliff, tor, outcrop, outcropping
3‘he was the rock on which his whole family relied’
foundation, cornerstone, support, prop, mainstay, backbone
tower of strength, pillar of strength, bulwark, anchor, source of protection, source of security
4‘she was wearing a massive rock on her fourth finger’
diamond, precious stone, jewel
1‘Sue's marriage was on the rocks’
in difficulty, in trouble, breaking down, practically over, heading for divorce, heading for the divorce courts
in tatters, in pieces, destroyed, shattered, ruined, beyond repair
kaput, done for, toast
2‘he ordered a Scotch on the rocks’
with ice, on ice
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