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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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dig, capsize, ram, sag, plummet, disappear, wreck, descend, plunge, decline, slump, drown, stick, submerge, fall, overturn, lower, drop, drive, settle

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toucan, toucanet, touch, touch and go, touch base with, touch bottom, touch down, touch football, touch judge, touch off, touch on
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