Definition of touch bottom in US English:

touch bottom


  • 1Reach the bottom of a body of water with one's feet or a pole.

    • ‘My feet touch bottom… It's cold in the water, but I'm warm.’
    • ‘I was at the absolute end of my strength and ready to give it all up and let myself sink when my foot touched bottom.’
    • ‘Allie sighed in exhausted relief when her wobbly feet touched bottom once more.’
    • ‘He sank below the surface, and his feet touched bottom!’
    • ‘He finally struggled close enough to shore so his feet could touch bottom, then he just stood there with the water lapping at his neck.’
    • ‘Suddenly your feet don't touch bottom any more and you notice you are farther from the beach.’
    • ‘Then I let myself down into the water which, on touching bottom, proved to be several feet over my head in depth.’
    • ‘Divers from the U.S. Geological Survey once descended 300 feet into the waters of Devils Hole but they never touched bottom.’
    • ‘As we conclude our series on ‘Swimming In The Deep End,’ we are reminded that when we get into ‘deep water,’ and we can't touch bottom, it seems like we are about to drown, it seems like we might not make it back to safety this time.’
    • ‘Her feet touched bottom and she stood up slowly, revelling in the water flowing from her as she rose from the pool.’
    1. 1.1 Be at the lowest or worst point.
      ‘the housing market has touched bottom’
      • ‘Still, no one knows whether the economy has touched bottom or is simply pausing before heading south again.’
      • ‘The economy has touched bottom, but the recovery is still sluggish.’
      • ‘But I have no idea where, or when, the market will touch bottom, and I don't really care.’
      • ‘There are, however, hints that the chain has touched bottom.’