Definition of on the rocks in English:

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on the rocks

1(Of a relationship or enterprise) experiencing difficulties and likely to fail: his marriage was on the rocks
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  • My relationship has been on the rocks ever since my boyfriend left our ballet company to join a dance troupe in another state.
  • His relationship with Sissy on the rocks, Bud takes to practicing bull riding.
  • Feigning being in love and making googly eyes isn't too much of a challenge; convincingly portraying a long-time couple whose relationship is on the rocks is the tough part.
in difficulty, in trouble, breaking down, practically over, heading for divorce, heading for the divorce courts;
in tatters, in pieces, destroyed, shattered, ruined, beyond repair
informal kaput, done for, toast
2(Of a drink) served undiluted and with ice cubes: he ordered a Scotch on the rocks
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  • He starts smoking an exclusive brand of cigarette and drinking single malt whisky on the rocks.
  • When not ‘landing’ a big client, she cares for her aging father, and sexes it up with her fiancé, who looks like he drinks Vitalis on the rocks.
  • My favorite drink is malt scotch, either on the rocks or with a splash of soda and a twist.
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