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Meaning of "to be on the rocks" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF TO BE ON THE ROCKS

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WHAT DOES TO BE ON THE ROCKS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of to be on the rocks in the English dictionary

The definition of to be on the rocks in the dictionary is if something such as a marriage or a business is on the rocks, it is experiencing very severe difficulties and looks likely to end very soon.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TO BE ON THE ROCKS

to be in the driver´s seat
to be in the driving seat
to be mixed up in sth
to be mixed up with sb
to be none too pleased
to be off limits
to be off the radar
to be on the front burner
to be on the naughty step
to be on the radar
to be pleased with yourself
to be reckoned with
to be reliably informed
to be sadly missed
to be sadly mistaken
to be sb´s second home
to be seeing things
to be singing from the same hymn sheet
to be sure
to be the best thing since sliced bread

WORDS THAT END LIKE TO BE ON THE ROCKS

backblocks
badderlocks
ballocks
bobby socks
bollocks
boondocks
buttocks
cyclical stocks
docks
dreadlocks
goldilocks
locks
mocks
on the rocks
on the stocks
pop socks
rocks
stocks
the bollocks
the boondocks

Synonyms and antonyms of to be on the rocks in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «to be on the rocks» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TO BE ON THE ROCKS

Find out the translation of to be on the rocks to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of to be on the rocks from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «to be on the rocks» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

要在岩石上
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

estar en las rocas
570 millions of speakers

English

to be on the rocks
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

चट्टानों पर होना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أن تكون على الصخور
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

быть на скалах
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

estar nas rochas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শিলা উপর হতে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

être sur les rochers
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Untuk berada di atas batu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

um auf den Felsen sein
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

岩の上になるように
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

바위 에 있어야 합니다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dadi ing watu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

để được vào đá
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாறைகளில் இருக்க வேண்டும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खडकावर बसणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kayalıklara çıkmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

di essere sulle rocce
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

się na skałach
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бути на скелях
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pentru a fi pe stanci
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

να είναι πάνω στα βράχια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

te wees op die rotse
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

att vara på klipporna
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

å være på steinene
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of to be on the rocks

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TO BE ON THE ROCKS»

The term «to be on the rocks» is very widely used and occupies the 17.946 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TO BE ON THE ROCKS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about to be on the rocks

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TO BE ON THE ROCKS»

Discover the use of to be on the rocks in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to to be on the rocks and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Ironies of Ulysses
In the present scene, Bloom appears to be 'on the rocks' metaphorically as well as literally, and while his financial position may not be under direct threat, as it was in the Holies street days, the stability of his household seems more tenuous  ...
David G. Wright, 1992
2
Two Weeks in Vieques: A Lifetime of Memories
We knew what it felt like to be on the rocks! My father always carried more than enough rope on the boat. You might consider the amount more appropriate for an ocean liner than a twenty-six-foot sloop. He decided to be the hero of the day.
Marie Suzanne Dillon, 2010
3
Personality Theories Workbook
is on his third marriage, and that now appears to be on the rocks. His wife, Cassandra, just found out that he was having an affair with another woman. She had suspected this for some time, but her suspicions were confirmed when she got ...
Donna Ashcraft, 2011
4
Without Benefit of Clergy
Benson was the only one among the residents there who had not known the Ouspenskys. Another less flattering reason for his being there may have been that his own farming ventures had failed and his marriage was said to be on the rocks.
Frank R. Sinclair, 2009
5
The Red-green Coalition in Germany: Politics, Personalities ...
In October 1999, his Chancellorship appeared to be on the rocks. Yet, two months later he secured a standing ovation at the SPD's December conference and his party was ahead in the polls. How had this change of affairs come about?
Charles Lees, 2000
6
Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age
And other nations' automotive romances seemed to be on the rocks as well. By the early 1970s, books and magazines were filled with obituaries for the automobile age. Emboldened critics argued that the beastly machines had no future, ...
Brian Ladd, 2008
7
Excellent Women
One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred, teetering on the edge of spinsterhood, has a soft spot for dashing young Rockingham Napier. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest and most touching.
Barbara Pym, 2011
8
Sally on the Rocks
Sally already knew what it was like to be on the rocks, and the other woman was not without imagination. She guessed ; she could feel them sharp and pitiless, while a wild sea, that meant the end of all, washed ever higher; and she was not  ...
Winifred Boggs, 1915
9
Attitude research on rocks
THE CONTRIBUTION OF Q TO ATTITUDE RESEARCH William Stephenson University of Missouri To be “on the rocks” is either to be ship-wrecked or to be cocktailed with gin or vodka. My standpoint in this matter is a well-known one: the  ...
‎1968
10
The Master's Muse: A Novel
A fictional account of the marriage of ballet master George Balanchine and ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq describes how polio ended Tanny's dancing career and how Balanchine's return to ballet tested their marriage.
Varley O'Connor, 2013

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« EDUCALINGO. To be on the rocks [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/to-be-on-the-rocks>. Jun 2021 ».
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