rock-bottom


rock-bottom

adjective

  1. at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low: rock-bottom prices.

noun

  1. the very lowest level: He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.

noun

    1. the lowest possible level
    2. (as modifier)rock-bottom prices
adj.

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

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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