bump along the bottom

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bump along the bottom

To be in poor condition and show no improvement. Typically used to describe economic issues. Without major changes, the economy will still be bumping along the bottom for many years to come.
See also: bottom, bump
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As oil prices have bumped along the bottom, companies have looked to cut as many costs as they can and particularly those associated with the workforce resulting in pay freezes, decreases in talent sourcing, and redundancies.
CBI director-general John Cridland said in a statement: "Despite the better than expected third quarter performance, the UK economy has bumped along the bottom this year, with overall growth fairly flat.
For many years, gin has bumped along the bottom, it's been a mum and dads' drink and not really cool.
He said: "For many years, gin has bumped along the bottom, it's been a mum and dads' drink and not really cool.
It had been a stuttering season and Willie Maddren's unbalanced side had bumped along the bottom since from the start but three wins out of four in the run up to Christmas bought a bit of breathing space for the troubled team.
The Ohio duo bumped along the bottom of the old six-team AFC Central for the past few seasons, but look set to
Yet for decades, not just for years, we have had not only a plateau of bus and train use, as car use has accelerated away, but bus and train use has bumped along the bottom of the transport use graph.
The more coats of paint you apply, the better-looking they stay if they get bumped along the bottom.