on the rocks

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A negroni on the rocks


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on the rocks

  1. Poured over ice, usually in reference to alcoholic drinks.
    Coordinate terms: neat, straight up
    I'll have a whisky on the rocks.
  2. In a bad state, particularly of a romantic relationship.
    Joe and Tammy's relationship is on the rocks again.
    • 2022 May 21, Peter Bradshaw, “Triangle of Sadness review – heavy-handed satire on the super-rich loses its shape”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Everything of interest happens in the first ten minutes. A male model called Carl (Harris Dickinson) senses after a calamitous audition that his career is already on the rocks, all washed up.

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