bottom-line

adjective
bot·​tom-line | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn How to pronounce bottom-line (audio) \

Definition of bottom-line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

bottom line

noun

Definition of bottom line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the essential or salient point : crux
b : the primary or most important consideration
2a : the line at the bottom of a financial report that shows the net profit or loss
b : financial considerations (such as cost or profit or loss)
c : the final result

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Other Words from bottom-line

Adjective

bottom-liner \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌlī-​nər How to pronounce bottom-liner (audio) \ noun, chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence

Noun

If our flight is late, we will miss our connection. That's the bottom line. A student with special needs can stress a school's budget, but the bottom line is that the state must provide for the child's education. How will these changes affect our bottom line? He's always got his eye on the bottom line. He says his bottom line is $120,000.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sensational headlines can take a serious hit on the bottom line. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Why All The Members Of BTS Are Single," 9 May 2019 Bad weather affecting demand for the company’s agricultural products, slower conditions in the auto and smartphone markets and margin declines weighed on the bottom line, Chief Executive Ed Breen said in prepared remarks. Allison Prang, WSJ, "DowDuPont’s Earnings Fall as Net Sales Slump," 2 May 2019 For some, the choice will be as simple as the bottom line. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit," 20 Dec. 2018 While this may be great for Amazon’s bottom line, all this shopping has a real human cost. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager," 20 Nov. 2018 Despite the boost in production’s effect on Tesla’s bottom line, the company is still running into problems related to that explosion in scale. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla rides Model 3’s popularity to its first profit in two years," 24 Oct. 2018 So what does all that influence translate on the bottom line? Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Pat McGrath Labs Is Now Valued at Over $1 Billion," 18 July 2018 Wall Street analysts agree that with sagging sales, Schnatter's remarks may put an even bigger drag on the bottom line. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Analysts: Papa John's better off without a key ingredient — the founder," 12 July 2018 Fleet operators are very aware of the bottom line and can be persuaded to try new technologies if there’s financial payback. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Sweden's Electric Robo-Truck Is Made for Life in the Forest," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of bottom-line

Adjective

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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bottom line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

: the most important part of something : the most important thing to consider
: the final result or outcome
: a company's profits or losses

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