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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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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Words nearby touch bottom
touch, touch and go, touchback, touch base, touch base with, touch bottom, touchdown, touché, touched, touched in the head, touch football
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How to use touch bottom in a sentence
But the poles were too short now to touch bottom, and there were no ice cakes about to offer the necessary resistance.Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Miss Athene's leavin' home has made it pretty steep, but this'll touch bottom—this will.A Family Man (From the Fifth Series Plays)|John Galsworthy
The boat went down into such deep water that the setting poles did not touch bottom.The Mormon Battalion|B. H. (Brigham Henry) Roberts
"But I'm just going to touch bottom," the tall digger expostulated.Denis Dent|Ernest W. Hornung
He could not touch bottom there, or even at the base of the Causeway.Quick Action|Robert W. Chambers