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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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(...) over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and,...