- the last line of a financial statement, used for showing net profit or loss.
- net profit or loss.
- the deciding or crucial factor.
- the ultimate result; outcome.
Origin of bottom line
Examples from the Web for bottom line
It seems to me that we are dealing with more than bottom-line economics and bottom-squeezing ergonomics.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
The bottom-line implication of such remarks: Putin will not let that happen again; and the crisis will go on.Putin Waves a White Flag on Ukraine
June 25, 2014
Yet despite the lackadaisical body language, their questions had a focused, bottom-line tone.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York
July 13, 2012
Meanwhile, across the pond, another big bank is facing a bottom-line hit.JP Morgan Losses, Barclays’s Bad Bet: It’s a Bad Day for Banks
June 28, 2012
What sort of adult lets the kids beat him on his bottom-line condition?Big Boy Obama and the GOP Babies
July 25, 2011
- the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization
- the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc
- the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation
Word Origin and History for bottom line
figurative sense is attested from 1967, from profit and loss accounting, where the final figure after both are calculated is the bottom line on the page. Also (especially as an adjective) bottomline.
The last line in an audit, which shows profit or loss.
Idioms and Phrases with bottom line
The ultimate result, the upshot; also, the main point or crucial factor. For example, The bottom line is that the chairman wants to dictate all of the board's decisions, or Whether or not he obeyed the law is the bottom line. This is an accounting term that refers to the earnings figures that appear on the bottom (last) line of a statement. It began to be transferred to other contexts in the mid-1900s.