on the rocks

on the rocks
1. Lit. [of a ship] broken and marooned on rocks in the sea. •

The ship crashed and was on the rocks until the next high tide.

2. Fig. [of an alcoholic drink] served with ice cubes. •

I'd like mine on the rocks, please.

Give me a scotch on the rocks, please.

3. Fig. in a state of ruin or bankruptcy. •

That bank is on the rocks. Don't put your money in it.

My finances are on the rocks just now.

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{adj. phr.} 1. {informal} Wrecked or ruined. * /Mr. Jones' business and marriage were both on the rocks./ 2. With ice only. * /At the restaurant, Sally ordered orange juice on the rocks./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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