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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Other Words from bottom-line


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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Impressive communal areas, with plenty of space to hang out, work on a laptop, grab a latte, or just slouch on a sofa, are increasingly important for this reason—and also the Generator's bottom line, CEO Alastair Thomann explains. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hostels Became Poshtels: The Remaking of a Backpacker's Hangout," 12 Sep. 2018 Read more: Diversity helped the bottom line in nearly all cases. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Hate mail reinforces the gender divide in the car business," 21 June 2018 Melissa Bova, vice president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, said that a scheduling law would hurt a company’s bottom line. Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "Philadelphia could become the next city to pass a scheduling law for retail and fast-food companies," 14 June 2018 The company’s bottom line in the latest quarter benefited from a $31 million pre-tax gain on the March sale of its 3Q Digital subsidiary. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Harte Hanks profitable again for first time in more than 2 years," 9 May 2018 Zeni's death raises crucial - and familiar - questions about for-profit nursing homes that have long been accused of sacrificing patient care to minimize costs and maximize bottom lines. Kristine Phillips, ajc, "She modeled in New York and worked for the Navy. At 93, parasites ate her alive at a Georgia nursing home.," 2 May 2018 Further Reading Cost of wind keeps dropping, and there’s little coal, nuclear can do to stop it The bottom line? Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018 But the bottom line on public health is this: Travelers and visitors do spark outbreaks in the US from time to time. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Fox News says the migrant caravan will bring disease outbreaks. That’s xenophobic nonsense.," 1 Nov. 2018 The bottom lines is this, the two biggest nuclear powers in the world should have an open and frank line of communication. Fox News, "Mainstream media hysterics over Helsinki meeting," 18 July 2018

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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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The first known use of bottom-line was in 1830

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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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