at bottom

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bottom definition

  1. n.
    the buttocks. : My bottom is sore from sitting too long.
  2. n.
    the second half of a baseball inning. : Wilbur hit a double-bagger in the bottom of the second.
  3. tv.
    to drink something to the bottom. : He bottomed the beer and ordered another one.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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at bottom

Fundamentally, basically; also, in reality. For example, He may speak somewhat bluntly, but at bottom he's always honest. Charles Dickens used this idiom in Nicholas Nickleby (1838): "He's a good pony at bottom." [Early 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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