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

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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 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 With Buruli, the bottom line is that a single ulcer has never been definitively tied to a mosquito bite. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem," 3 July 2020 However, take most or all of that income from both sources away and the hit to OSU’s bottom line is significant. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State athletics will not be immune from budget cuts hitting Big Ten because of COVID-19," 3 July 2020 The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles City Council begins steps to replace police department with community responders for nonviolent calls," 30 June 2020 The bottom line is that today's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket is an essential mission for the US Air Force. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After Tuesday’s launch, SpaceX expands its fleet of used rockets [Updated]," 30 June 2020 Eric Terry, president of the Virginia, Lodging and Travel Association, said bars are a major profit maker for restaurants and keeping them closed longer will hurt the industry’s bottom line. Washington Post, "In late reversal, Northam moves to keep limits on bars," 30 June 2020 The bottom line is Texas A&M or Prairie View A&M would not be here today if Ross had not saved A&M, period. Brent Zwerneman,, "The past and present of Sul Ross remains tense at Texas A&M," 27 June 2020 Indeed, there is growing awareness that a diverse leadership team and employee pool is good for the bottom line because the voices of a company's consumer base will be better represented at the table. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Can Corporate America really change?," 23 June 2020 Connect a reimagining of gender to your core organizational values—and your bottom line. Lisa Kenney, Quartz at Work, "What it means to reimagine gender at your company," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of bottom-line


1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Bottom-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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