touch bottom

touch (rock) bottom

To reach the lowest or worst point of a decline. Primarily heard in UK. I knew I had touched rock bottom when I missed my son's birthday party because I was so hungover. That's when I knew I needed to get help. Prices have been falling for weeks during the crash, but the economy has finally touched bottom.
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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.
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touch bottom

1 reach the bottom of water with your feet. 2 be at the lowest or worst point. 3 be in possession of the full facts. British
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touch ˈbottom


1 reach the ground at the bottom of an area of water
2 (British English) reach the worst possible state or condition: Her career really touched bottom with that movie.
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Cast, let the jig touch bottom, and twitch your rodtip lightly.
These were ignored as she began swimming along the edge of the ice, hoping, I guess, to find a place where she could touch bottom enough to give herself a boost.
"Swim in water where you're able to touch bottom if a rest is needed.
"I can touch bottom," said Annabelle, and threw up her arms.
"We tell people to touch bottom just now and then," he says.
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 5.6 feet).
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." Primary public and private D&O rates are up but it depends on an insurer's place in the risk tower.
If the point doesn't touch bottom, the sprocket's OK.
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.
By trimming up you avoid having your skeg and prop touch bottom because as you slow the stern squats, making it vulnerable.