bottom-line

bottom line

noun
1.
the last line of a financial statement, used for showing net profit or loss.
2.
net profit or loss.
3.
the deciding or crucial factor.
4.
the ultimate result; outcome.

Origin:
1965–70

bottom-line, adjective
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bottom line
 
n
1.  the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization
2.  the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc
3.  the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation

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bottom line
fig. 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 (esp. as an adj.) bottomline.
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bottom line definition


The last line in an audit, which shows profit or loss.

Note: By extension, “bottom line” refers to the final, determining consideration in a decision.
Note: “Bottom line” also has a derogatory implication when it refers to those people whose attention to the bottom line prevents them from recognizing the value of anything else.
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