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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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It takes longer to create change; it's not a quick hit to the bottom line," Kenney says.
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That money flows right to the bottom line," said the firm's accountant, "and without that cost, we're able to quote lower for jobs than many of our competitors.
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Though companies are increasingly concerned about the impact of real estate holdings on the bottom line, they are simultaneously putting pressure on corporate real estate executives to reduce staff and budgets, and cut the cost of managing and maintaining real estate portfolios.
Garcia credit Bottom Line with keeping them on track through the college application process, helping them with financial aid and loan consolidations, and sending them care packages good enough to make their roommates jealous.
Given this contribution level, lost revenue drops very quickly to the bottom line, which is what has been happening in 2001 and 2002, particularly in sectors such as IT or manufacturing.
Most managers know their rewards are based on "the bottom line," despite all the rhetoric to the contrary.
It means your original goal lacked relevance to the bottom line in terms management can understand.
The RSA, representing 25,000 owners of approximately 1 million apartments, has met its goals in a number of ways, perhaps none more important than shielding the owners' bottom line from the harsh economic climate we now confront.
To supplement its charitable contribution, Sun Life has hired nine Bottom Line students for winter break internships.
Bottom line--As reported in Editor & Publisher, Sanders Lamont, ombudsman for The Sacramento Bee, recently conducted a five-year electronic file search of cliches that have been printed too often in his paper, and the winner (or loser) was bottom line, with no fewer than 2,638 appearances.
I expected these individuals to be strict advocates of a bottom line mentality with value for the shareholder above everything.