bottom of the line


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bottom of the line

The cheapest, worst, or lowest quality. Used to describe an item in a range of comparable products. I know we need to save money, but this bottom-of-the-line computer barely even works. Our washing machine broke down after just two months of use, but that's what we get for buying the bottom of the line.
See also: bottom, line, of
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It's going to affect lots more - my wife, my three kids, even my cats, who seem remarkably aware of my change of mood - but the bottom of the line is that it's me who's got to face this thing," said Mr Humphrys.
At the bottom of the line up is the XL which is an unadorned hauler.
But the bottom of the line is, when you make a change in the middle of the year, there's never any guarantee that things are going to get better.
But that's only part of Fatema's story, She had access to capital only because of the existence of an institution, Grameen Bank, that operates beyond the bottom line to benefit those at the bottom of the line.
According to the Committee, the principle should not be regarded as a prioritised system for spreading tasks amongst the vertically-organised levels of power (in this case, the local and regional powers are at the bottom of the line of command) but should reflect a relationship based on a horizontal partnership ensuring equality for all sides.
Connolly added: "My chances up the road are not looking good - I'm bottom of the line of strikers.
Rather, Cray in the super computer business, Digital in the mini-computer and networking arena, and Apple and Compaq at the bottom of the line lead a lengthening parade of newcomers revolutionizing that industry.
Most successful anglers use two flies: a black woolly worm at the bottom of the line with a white one tied as a dropper about 3 1/2 feet up.
The branded First-Down Line will appear to international television viewers only as a line on the field with an advertiser's name or logo appearing discreetly at the top or bottom of the line, expanding visibility and ensuring impact for the advertisers.
The bottom of the line specifications includes an Intel Celeron Dual-Core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 320 GB HDD.
The inning started with the bottom of the line up contributing four hits.