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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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Another LDP upper house lawmaker told reporters, ''The Aso government is finished'' as there is no way to know if the decline in the premier's unifying force has touched bottom yet.
Pebbles lay near the beach, but farther out, the pit's floor was covered with mucky, mudlike sediment just perfect for squishing our feet into when we touched bottom. It was also a great breeding place for small fish that frequently slithered by to tickle our toes.
Chief financial officer Yann Delabriere said it was too early to give forecasts for 2004 but he said the western European car market had touched bottom and PSA, which has been slashing output to match waning demand, had also seen the worst in terms of production cuts.
Japan's economy appears to have touched bottom during the first quarter of 2002, but economic expansion of about 1.5 percent in 2003 will not improve the well-being of Japanese households.
TV advertising is "not recovering yet, but it looks like it's touched bottom," says Ibersecurities analyst Glenn Spencer Chapman.
"We thought we had touched bottom a year ago but we hadn't counted on the basements," says Monir Madcur, a board member of the Argentine Construction Chamber and a top executive for Madcur Construcciones.
But I soon felt as though I had touched bottom, and society seemed a place where one could only conjure up pipe dreams that had no chance of ever coming true.
Child: "Because I did what I said I would do," or "because I said bottom and I touched bottom."
"Yet the first day we touched bottom alongside Crusaders, I was out."