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hit bottom

To reach the lowest or worst point of a decline I knew I had hit bottom when I missed my son's birthday party. That's when I knew I needed to get help. Prices have been falling for weeks during the crash, but the economy has finally hit bottom.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hit bottom

Fig. to reach the lowest or worst point. Our profits have hit bottom. This is our worst year ever. When my life hit bottom, I began to feel much better. I knew that if there was going to be any change, it would be for the better.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hit bottom

Also, touch bottom. Reach the worst or lowest point. For example, When he lost his job again they knew they had hit bottom, or When wheat prices touch bottom, the farmers will be up in arms. [Second half of 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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