on the rocks

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

"on the rocks"

in a state of difficulty, destruction, or ruin


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

"on the rocks"

without money; bankrupt


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

"on the rocks"

served over ice cubes


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Wow. You look terrible.

Friend 2:  My wife and I have been fighting for so long, I can't remember when we actually had a conversation.  We've tried marriage counseling.  We've tried separation but I think we are in big trouble and it's almost all over.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that your marriage is on the rocks.

Friend 2:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like our paychecks are late again. Must be big financial trouble if an employer can't make payroll.

Colleague 2:  That's the third time this year. The company must be in big trouble. Perhaps it is going to go bankrupt.

Colleague 1:  The think the company is definitely on the rocks.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - on the rocks

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Can I offer you something to drink?

Friend 2:  Thanks. Could I have a scotch on the rocks, please?

Friend 1:  Sure. Just ice, then?

Friend 2:  Just pour the scotch over a couple of ice cubes, thanks.

on the rocks - Usage:


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on the rocks - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for on the rocks.

on the rocks - Examples:

1)  Susan and Tim have been married 20 years and their relationship is on the rocks.

2)  ... mom isn't giving up her job, and its putting my relationship on the rocks.

3)  Francine insists Ronan's 14-year marriage was already on the rocks when they got together.

4)  ... of America, a country founded on Christian principles that is now foundering on the rocks of pride, sexual immorality and the false promise of more, more and more.

5)  Our relationship is off the track. This marriage is on the rocks. We may have to bail out of this relationship.

6)  My girl friend and I are on the rocks, and I don't believe we will make it as a couple.

7)  US-Egypt relations are on the rocks after anti-American protesters stormed the US Embassy in Cairo earlier this month.

8)  ... if the marriage was on the rocks, she should not have purposely ruined his reputation so as to get sole custody ...

9)  ... even if sincere and energetic, will quickly put a promising career on the rocks. With these dangers in mind ...

10)  Their marriage had been on the rocks for months now, and he couldn't stand how she treated him.

11)  ... a concern of the important tourist industry, which has been on the rocks since the revolution.

12)  ... on a lot longer than the European Union. The euro is crashing on the rocks only a few decades after that other socialist empire crumbled.

13)  ... we'll sail into the nirvana of social democratic utopia, or crash on the rocks of recession, inflation and bankruptcy.

14)  But in the past generation major economies have twice gotten themselves stranded on the rocks of the zero nominal bound while pursuing 2% per year inflation targets.

15)  It seems upscale and appealing if you order it on the rocks or in a martini.

16)  Shake all ingredients over ice, serve on the rocks, and garnish with a cherry and a lemon.

17)  ... tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime, up or on the rocks, with salt or without.

18)  And yet you sit there with your scotch on the rocks and play holier than all.

19)  If you go here, sit at the bar and order something on the rocks.

20)  I followed up with a regular Margarita on the rocks, it was decent.