The Bottom Falls Out Of (Something) – a sudden and dramatic fall in price or value
- Even the most experienced investors were worried when the bottom fell out of the housing market; prices fell so fast that no one knew what to do.
Note: A variant of this idiom uses “drop” instead of “fall” but in either case this, the principal verb, must be modified to maintain grammatical structure.
Bottom Line – the final figure on a balance sheet or other financial document (typically this is the total)
- “Don’t worry about going over the specifics, just give me the bottom line: are we are going to make a profit this quarter or not?”