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the bottom line

1. Literally, the final figure on a statement showing a person or company's total profit or loss. What is the bottom line for this quarter?
2. By extension, the most important aspect of something. You have all made compelling arguments, but the bottom line is that we need a viable, cost-effective solution, and I still don't think we've found one yet.
3. Profit or the desire for profit as an ultimate goal. These large corporations are only driven by the bottom line. They couldn't care less whether their product is durable.
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bottom line

 
1. Lit. the last figure on a financial profit-and-loss statement, or on a bill. What's the bottom line? How much do I owe you? Don't tell me all those figures! Just tell me the bottom line.
2. Fig. the result; the final outcome. I know about all the problems, but what is the bottom line? What will happen? The bottom line is that you have to go to the meeting because no one else can.
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bottom line

The ultimate result, the upshot; also, the main point or crucial factor. For example, The bottom line is that the chairman wants to dictate all of the board's decisions, or Whether or not he obeyed the law is the bottom line. This is an accounting term that refers to the earnings figures that appear on the bottom (last) line of a statement. It began to be transferred to other contexts in the mid-1900s.
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The Bottom Line Award was created to recognize the corporations that have most successfully applied Shainin strategies to create bottom line impact.
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Many companies are now choosing class B space or even flex space instead of class A offices to reduce occupancy costs, since every $1 of reduced overhead impacts the bottom line faster than increased sales.
The Intesource tools and services are available to assist companies in the analysis and management of spend for the purpose of future decision making and, ultimately, to drive bottom line improvement.
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I expected these individuals to be strict advocates of a bottom line mentality with value for the shareholder above everything.
It means your original goal lacked relevance to the bottom line in terms management can understand.