Keep Your Eye On The Bottom Line With Business Idioms

Businessman on chart 524055191What goes up what must come down and, accordingly, there are more than a few idioms related to exactly that – the bottom half of things:

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?”

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