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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Shellfish growers also are finding that an oyster/aquatic plant combo boosts their bottom line. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s fledgling mariculture industry expands its reach; former Dunleavy staffer named to fish board," 5 June 2019 Facebook is finally getting smart about public relations by making important-sounding changes to its business that do virtually nothing to affect its bottom line. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Ditches Commissions, Not Dollars," 28 May 2019 Both franchises’ playoff success has impacted their bottom lines. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "With NHL’s arrival looming, Seattle Thunderbirds, Everett Silvertips in local junior hockey golden era," 10 Apr. 2019 The nonprofit contends the payday loan industry funds favorable academic studies to boost its bottom line. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Payday lending group loses lawsuit over record release," 18 June 2018 Both male and female Vice employees told me that beyond the allegations of harassment and assault, which were distressing enough, the company’s culture also had an impact on its bottom line. Reeves Wiedeman, Daily Intelligencer, "A Company Built on a Bluff," 10 June 2018 Union only retains 5 percent of those dollars, while K12 takes 95 percent to operate the school and add to their bottom line. NBC News, "A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a savior or devil's bargain?," 28 May 2018 Its name recognition, especially abroad, has contributed to the company’s bottom line; PVH, which also owns Tommy Hilfiger, Izod, and Geoffrey Beene, earns more than $8 billion annually, 39 percent of which comes from the Calvin Klein business. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 For the bottom line on weekend sleep, Health looked at the latest research and spoke with leading researchers in the field. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Sleeping In on the Weekend Might Actually Be Good For You," 24 May 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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The first known use of bottom-line was in 1830

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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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