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.
See also: bottom, touch
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The key was letting the jig touch bottom, then picking it up and reeling slowly, with a few pumps of the rodtip to impart a little erratic swimming action.
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.
His feet touch bottom and he pushes up, breaking the surface with a terrified howl.
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.
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.
This is a boon for the Japanese economy so the stock market will likely touch bottom soon,'' he said.
But I had to touch bottom to come up again and my depression had nothing to do with surrogacy.
In a sea of relative truth or a storm of idealism, Tottie knows that people will touch bottom on their own sense of right and wrong to create a reality Foucault once called "the twilight zone of knowledge.