hit the rocks

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hit the rocks

To encounter an especially difficult, troubled, or low point, as in a relationship or some pursuit. We'd been great friends for nearly 10 years, but our friendship has hit the rocks lately.
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A GROWING number of marriages are hitting the rocks in Scotland.
He was drifitng towards the rocks and was just a few minutes from hitting the rocks.
As if driven by millennial madness, couples around me have recently been hitting the rocks and tearing asunder with astonishing speed.