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Definition of bottom line noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


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  1. 1the bottom line the most important thing that you have to consider or accept; the essential point in a discussion, etc. The bottom line is that we have to make a decision today.
  2. 2(business) the amount of money that is a profit or a loss after everything has been calculated The bottom line for 2010 was a pretax profit of $85 million. Sales last month failed to add to the company's bottom line.
  3. 3the lowest price that someone will accept Two thousand—and that's my bottom line!
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