What’s bottom-line

Bottom line(1) =  The last figure on a financial profit and loss statement or on a bill.

  • What is the bottom line? How much do I owe you?  Don’t tell me all those figures.  Just tell me the bottom-line.
  • What is the bottom line for this quarter?


Bottom line(2) = the final result, outcome, decision or the most important point.

  • The bottom line is that the chairman wants to dictate all of the Board’s decisions.
  • The bottom line ,however, is that he has escaped.
  • The bottom line is that the new policy is going to affect the profitability of the company.
  • How’ll the rise in interest rates affect our bottom line?
  • The bottom line is that the majority of the children are physically unfit.(basic fact)

Somebody’s bottom line(3) =  The lowest amount of money that someone is willing to give or receive in payment for something.

  • His bottom line on this job as a programme developer is rupees twelve lakh .  He says he can’t do it for less.
  • She demands two crore rupees as the bottom line for her property.

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