bottom out(redirected from Bottoming Out)
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1. To reach a lower point or collapse entirely. Once the housing market bottomed out, I knew I'd be stuck with a bad investment—or sell the house for a significant loss Doctor, her blood pressure just bottomed out, and she collapsed.
2. Of a car, for the undercarriage to touch the ground. Be careful driving over those raised pothole covers—you don't want to bottom out.
Fig. to reach the lowest or worst point of something. All my problems seem to be bottoming out. They can't get much worse. Interest rates bottomed out last February.
Reach the lowest level, as in The recession appears to have bottomed out. This verbal use of bottom originated in the late 1800s and, with the addition of out in the mid-1900s, tends to be used mostly in the context of trade and finance.
To descend to the lowest point possible, after which only an increase is possible: The company's sales of computers have bottomed out, but they should increase when a new model comes out.
in. to reach the lowest or worst point of something. All my problems seem to be bottoming out. They can’t get much worse.