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at bottom

Basically; ultimately. I know John can be annoying, but at bottom he's a good person.
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at bottom

Fundamentally, basically; also, in reality. For example, He may speak somewhat bluntly, but at bottom he's always honest. Charles Dickens used this idiom in Nicholas Nickleby (1838): "He's a good pony at bottom." [Early 1700s]
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at ˈbottom

basically; in reality: She seems rather unfriendly, but at bottom I think she’s quite kind.
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at bottom

Basically.
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