bottom line

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record.

Noun[edit]

bottom line (countable and uncountable, plural bottom lines)

  1. (accounting) The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
  2. (idiomatic, uncountable) The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.
    The bottom line is that there simply are not enough hours in the day to finish all there is to do.

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Usage notes[edit]

When somebody talks about increasing the bottom line, it means doing things to either increase the revenue or decrease expenses so the net income increases.