bottom of the line

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bottom of the line

The cheapest, worst, or lowest quality. Used to describe an item in a range of comparable products. I know we need to save money, but this bottom-of-the-line computer barely even works. Our washing machine broke down after just two months of use, but that's what we get for buying the bottom of the line.
See also: bottom, line, of
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China can produce just about everything ranging from top-quality to bottom-of-the-line products," Krahl said.
The only equipment we had were a used amp, a Stratocaster on loan from my brother, a beat-up bass found in somebody's basement and a bottom-of-the-line drum kit I paid for by working at the movie theater.
Junko Kobayashi, 18, said a friend of hers met a lawyer who paid her $720 for spending the night with him - more than enough for a bottom-of-the-line, $450 Louis Vuitton bag or high-priced sunglasses favored by status-conscious high-schoolers.