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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He hits bottom at Rocamadour, a sanctuary in the Dordogne known as a citadel of faith devoted to Mary.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.
Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon labels the show a “crass stunt” on a “bottom-feeding vortex of sadness network.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bottom line is that it will only be a BVR [beyond visual range] airplane.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”
The Goliath wouldn't answer; the Dublin said the force was coming off, and we could not get into touch with the soldiers at all.
He made me think of an old time magician more than anything, and I felt that with a touch of his wand he could transform us all.
He thought they were now in touch with our troops at "X" but that they had been through some hard fighting to get there.
Thanks to Berthier's admirable system, Bonaparte was kept in touch with every part of his command.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Tausig possessed this repose in a technical way, and his touch was marvellous; but he never drew the tears to your eyes.