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on the rocks

Meaning: facing difficulties, esp. of a relationship or a business

For example:

  • Their marriage has been on the rocks for a few months, and now they're thinking of getting divorced.

  • It's such a shame that Barry's business is on the rocks despite all the work he's put into it.

Quick Quiz:

If a marriage is on the rocks, it is
  1. likely to succeed
  2. likely to fail
  3. likely to last forever

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