touch bottom

touch bottom

Reach the lowest point, as in During the recession the economists kept saying that we hadn't touched bottom yet. This metaphor for reaching the ground under a body of water has been used since the mid-1800s.
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touch bottom

1 reach the bottom of water with your feet. 2 be at the lowest or worst point. 3 be in possession of the full facts. British
See also: bottom, touch

touch ˈbottom


1 reach the ground at the bottom of an area of water
2 (British English) reach the worst possible state or condition: Her career really touched bottom with that movie.
See also: bottom, touch
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We tell people to touch bottom just now and then," he says.
If you fish a relatively slow-moving incoming tide, use minimal weight and try to touch bottom only every half-minute or so, your hangs can be minimized, but you're still going to lose some tackle.
These were ignored as she began swimming along the edge of the ice, hoping, I guess, to find a place where she could touch bottom enough to give herself a boost.
Swim in water where you're able to touch bottom if a rest is needed.
I can touch bottom," said Annabelle, and threw up her arms.
The behaviors low ten and touch bottom resulted in an agreement below the suggested criteria, leading to their deletion from the coding scheme.
The proposed new harbor basin will be dredged to minus 20 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) to accommodate large commercial vessels so they will not touch bottom on the lowest tides of the year (minus 5.
Looking to specific lines, the COO says primary workers' compensation rate continue to move up and excess workers' comp "has touch bottom and is showing early signs of improvement.
If the point doesn't touch bottom, the sprocket's OK.
The water's probably a metre deep, so the little tyke couldn't touch bottom anywhere.
Half way across the Menai I touch bottom with my paddle.
By trimming up you avoid having your skeg and prop touch bottom because as you slow the stern squats, making it vulnerable.
But when Andrew could not touch bottom he began to struggle.
Once we touch bottom, we will have a vigorous economic growth of 3% in 2010," said the finance secretary.
Given that the global new vehicle market has yet to touch bottom, Toyota's targets could deviate downward, the sources said.