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English definition of “on the rocks”

on the rocks

informal likely to fail soon : I think their marriage is on the rocks .Unsuccessful (people and things) If you have an alcoholic drink on the rocks , you have it with pieces of ice : I'll have a whisky on the rocks , please .Drinks - general words
(Definition of on the rocks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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