bottom line ExamplesWord Originnoun
- the last line of a financial statement, used for showing net profit or loss.
- net profit or loss.
- the deciding or crucial factor.
- the ultimate result; outcome.
Origin of bottom line First recorded in 1965–70 Related formsbot·tom-line, adjective Related Words for bottom line core, profit, essence, reality, crux, income, basis, conclusion, determination, fiber, fundamentals, loss, net, nitty-gritty, point Examples from the Web for bottom line Contemporary Examples of bottom line
It seems to me that we are dealing with more than bottom-line economics and bottom-squeezing ergonomics.
November 25, 2014
The bottom-line implication of such remarks: Putin will not let that happen again; and the crisis will go on.
June 25, 2014
Yet despite the lackadaisical body language, their questions had a focused, bottom-line tone.
July 13, 2012
Meanwhile, across the pond, another big bank is facing a bottom-line hit.
June 28, 2012
What sort of adult lets the kids beat him on his bottom-line condition?
July 25, 2011
British Dictionary definitions for bottom line bottom line noun
- the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization
- the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc
- the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation
Word Origin and History for bottom line n.
figurative sense is attested from 1967, from profit and loss accounting, where the final figure after both are calculated is the bottom line on the page. Also (especially as an adjective) bottomline.
bottom line in Culture bottom line
The last line in an audit, which shows profit or loss.
Note By extension, “bottom line” refers to the final, determining consideration in a decision.Note “Bottom line” also has a derogatory implication when it refers to those people whose attention to the bottom line prevents them from recognizing the value of anything else. Idioms and Phrases with bottom line bottom line
The ultimate result, the upshot; also, the main point or crucial factor. For example, The bottom line is that the chairman wants to dictate all of the board’s decisions, or Whether or not he obeyed the law is the bottom line. This is an accounting term that refers to the earnings figures that appear on the bottom (last) line of a statement. It began to be transferred to other contexts in the mid-1900s.