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the bottom line

1. Literally, the final figure on a statement showing a person or company's total profit or loss. What is the bottom line for this quarter?
2. By extension, the most important aspect of something. You have all made compelling arguments, but the bottom line is that we need a viable, cost-effective solution, and I still don't think we've found one yet.
3. Profit or the desire for profit as an ultimate goal. These large corporations are only driven by the bottom line. They couldn't care less whether their product is durable.
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the bottom line

 
1. the most important fact in a situation The bottom line is that people's health is at risk if they smoke.
2. the total amount of money that a business makes or loses The bottom line is what counts in most companies these days.
See you can bet your life bottom dollar, be bumping along the bottom, knock the bottom out of
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the bottom line

1. n. the grand total; the final figure on a balance sheet. (Securities markets.) The company’s bottom line is in bad shape.
2. n. the result; the nitty-gritty; the score. The bottom line is that you really don’t care.
See also: bottom, line