Idioms for bottom

Origin of bottom

before 1000; Middle English botme, Old English botm; akin to Old Norse botn, Dutch bodem, German Boden, Latin fundus, Greek pythmḗn, Sanskrit budhná

OTHER WORDS FROM bottom

un·bot·tom, verb (used with object)un·der·bot·tom, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bottom out (1 of 2)

bottom out

verb

(intr, adverb) to reach the lowest point and level outthe recession shows no sign of bottoming out

British Dictionary definitions for bottom out (2 of 2)

bottom
/ (ˈbɒtəm) /

noun

adjective (prenominal)

verb

See also bottom out

Word Origin for bottom

Old English botm; related to Old Norse botn, Old High German bodam, Latin fundus, Greek puthmēn
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Idioms and Phrases with bottom out (1 of 2)

bottom out

Reach the lowest level, as in The recession appears to have bottomed out. This verbal use of bottom originated in the late 1800s and, with the addition of out in the mid-1900s, tends to be used mostly in the context of trade and finance.

Idioms and Phrases with bottom out (2 of 2)

bottom

In addition to the idioms beginning with bottom

  • bottom drops out, the
  • bottom line
  • bottom of the barrel
  • bottom of the ladder
  • bottom out

also see:

  • at bottom
  • from head to toe (top to bottom)
  • from the bottom of one's heart
  • get to the bottom
  • hit (touch) bottom
  • knock the bottom out of
  • rock bottom
  • touch bottom
  • you bet your ass (bottom dollar)
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