Definition of bottom line in English:

bottom line

noun

informal
  • 1[usually in singular] The final total of an account or balance sheet.

    ‘the rise in turnover failed to add to the company's bottom line’
    • ‘It seems that these businessmen on the chamber are looking after what they look after best, the bottom line.’
    • ‘Second, good management can make a telling difference in the bottom line.’
    • ‘Then, he subtracts that average from the bottom line, ignoring the actual charges.’
    • ‘But not all travelers are as savvy with math and could use some help figuring out the bottom line.’
    • ‘Those extra pennies you've been paying at the pump are making a difference in the bottom line for big oil.’
    • ‘What we have is a Press controlled by owners interested in the bottom line, and taking credit for not interfering editorially.’
    • ‘Easing the debt burden is a necessity with a pension deficit that is now sapping an additional £133m a year from the bottom line.’
    • ‘Now we're up closer to 80 cents, and that does take a fair bit off the bottom line for the Australian winery.’
    • ‘Actually, today, just five corporations own almost the entire record business, where numbers are the bottom line.’
    • ‘This will give us a weapon in attempts by management to compromise ethics in the name of the bottom line or proprietors' interests.’
    • ‘If the financial bottom line was the only measure of the companies' worth, there would probably be no argument.’
    • ‘But for those looking at the bottom line - the interest rate offered will be crucial.’
    • ‘He added that if taxpayers had opted for their notice of assessment to be quoted in Irish pounds the bottom line would still be given in euro.’
    • ‘At the time, some critics condemned him as a ‘bean-counter’ interested only in the bottom line.’
    • ‘What ultimately matters for them is the bottom line of the balance sheet, rather than a duty to serve.’
    • ‘For those with their eye on the bottom line, U.S. rates of productivity have fallen behind those in Europe.’
    • ‘How do you use it with people who are responsible for the bottom line of a company account sheet?’
    • ‘Some of these events can have a major impact on the bottom line, either currently or in the future.’
    • ‘He agrees with IAG that it's the bottom line rather than hourly rates that counts.’
    • ‘We will see a further hit to the bottom line this year.’
    after taxes, after deductions, take-home, clear, final
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    1. 1.1The fundamental and most important factor.
      ‘the bottom line is I'm still married to Denny’
      • ‘But it seems to me far from clear that her argument for that bottom line works here.’
      • ‘For this author, it was apparently easy because he had a bottom line which he was going to defend on all accounts.’
      • ‘The bottom line is that referees are no better or worse than they've always been.’
      • ‘The bottom line is: Never give a reference, written or oral, which you cannot back up with factual evidence.’
      • ‘But the bottom line, just to be clear, the bottom line of all this for you is in the end self-interest.’
      • ‘Shalikashvili's bottom line is precisely what I kept finding in the people I talked to.’
      • ‘The bottom line is that the ratio of Bahamian dollars held to American is 21 to 1.’
      • ‘A cost benefit analysis is also necessary in this matter but the bottom line will remain free choices to consumers.’
      • ‘Of course, we are taught that integrity is an important value and is, in fact, the bottom line of morality in society.’
      • ‘When you lay out your expectations, your bottom line, then you give the man a concrete thing to respond to.’
      • ‘The bottom line should be accountability and credibility, not affordability.’
      • ‘Also, there has been discussion about a fourth bottom line - the criteria of social capital.’
      • ‘Now, while there were a lot of interruptions, each side did have a chance to get across their bottom line.’
      • ‘Professionals who do not add to this bottom line are considered superfluous to schools.’
      • ‘As long as this remains the bottom line, everybody will respond to it.’
      • ‘Chamberlan adds the bottom line is still quality, and always will be.’
      • ‘Whose responsibility is it to ensure that the new manager who is going to learn this new different job has the bottom line level of training, experience?’
      • ‘The bottom line remains that women should consult their doctor and weigh pros and cons before deciding on treatment.’
      • ‘I wouldn't begin to guess what went on in his mind or what his bottom line was.’
      • ‘The bottom line is I'm just thankful to be in this position.’

Pronunciation:

bottom line

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