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rock bottom

noun [U] uk   informal us  

rock bottom noun [U] (LOW)

the lowest possible level: Confidence in the government is at rock bottom. Prices have reached rock bottom. The prime minister's opinion poll ratings have hit rock bottom.Higher and lower points of achievementSuccess and achievementsFailuresCosting or worth little or no money

rock bottom noun [U] (UNHAPPY)

the most unhappy that someone has ever been in their life: Ian had just left me and I was at rock bottom. Alcoholics often have to reach/hit rock bottom before they can recognize that they have a problem.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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