bot·tom-line | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn \

Definition of bottom-line 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

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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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bottom-liner \ˈbä-təm-ˌlī-nər \ noun chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence


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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Buoyant results, bolstered by strong demand in China, have not only boosted bottom lines but contributed to a cash buildup waiting to be deployed. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Luxury’s Chess Masters Prepare for a New Game," 30 June 2018 Also still unclear is how Facebook’s planned increase in security spending this year, as well as new privacy rules enacted in Europe and under development in California, will affect the company’s relatively fat bottom line. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Investors May Be Too Quick to Forgive," 28 June 2018 MoviePass, which works by buying out blocks of tickets at full price from participating theater chains like Mark Cuban's Landmark, is not turning a profit—hurting Helios's bottom line. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 What's more, the love of fans—a pretty significant chunk of Netflix's bottom line—still wasn't enough. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "What Brought Sense8 Back—and What Killed It in the First Place," 8 June 2018 The auto industry based on Detroit depends on a supply chain that flows across borders to Canada and Mexico and tariffs — or anything that impedes that flow — could potentially force the costs of autos up, hurting automakers' bottom lines. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slams Trump on tariffs," 31 May 2018 Given all of the upheaval and embarrassment U of L has experienced since last September -- the turnover at the top and the damage done to the bottom line -- Bowen is not going to elicit much empathy on the local level. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA makes Brian Bowen seem a victim | Tim Sullivan," 30 May 2018 Players are using their unique platform to make a loud statement, one met with another type of protest, one affecting the NFL’s bottom line. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: NFL's Approach To Anthem Protests Is Simple, Illogical," 27 May 2018 The museum's large attendance, as such, was not translating into a larger bottom line. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

the 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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