American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The line in a financial statement that shows net income or loss.
- n. The final result or statement; upshot: "The bottom line, however, is that he has escaped” ( David Wise).
- n. The main or essential point: "A lot can happen between now and December, but the bottom line—for now—is that the city is still heading toward default” ( New York).
- n. accounting The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
- n. idiomatic, uncountable The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.
- n. the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
- n. the decisive point
- A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record. (Wiktionary)
“Summing up, she said, “The bottom line is that the writer of Conference Chronicle knows altogether too much about the murder.””
““The bottom line is that if you eat a lot of vegetables, you can cut your risk of prostate cancer by about 45 percent,” says researcher Alan Kristal, PhD.”
“Do shareholdersthe corporations ownersfeel good when corporate management picks objects of charity, unless the charitable giving feeds the bottom line as when a firm makes charitable donations to activities and institutions in the places in which it has its plants or offices?”
“It was the bottom line that interested Qwilleran personally: Innkeepers Carlo Helmuth and Trudy Feathering are former members of the Grand Island Club.”
“But the bottom line is that Nuzum responded to the fifty-two questions and slowly found himself a new pen pal.”
“Joseph called Ehrman on Friday to wish him well in his new job, and Ehrman said Iran was “poorly behaved” at their meeting: It would not ratify the Additional Protocol, which would certainly be a shock to the treaty-bound German mentality, and its real bottom line was that it had no intention of giving up enrichment activities.”
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