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bottom line

noun [S]
 
 
ACCOUNTING the final line in the accounts of a company or organization, which states its total profit or loss: help/benefit/boost the bottom line Many companies see that becoming more energy efficient, recycling waste, and having a good corporate image can all help the bottom line. hurt/impact on/affect the bottom line When he considers a potential investment, he looks strictly at the bottom line.
sb's bottom line COMMERCE the final offer someone will accept: Before beginning a negotiation, know your bottom line. They will accept $235,000 for the house, and that's their bottom line.
the bottom line the most important fact in a situation: The bottom line is we don't have enough health care professionals.
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