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The Bottom Line : Phrases



Meaning:

The end result or conclusion.


Example:

I don't want to hear about how this is a great place to work. I just want
the bottom line. How much does the job pay?


Origin:

This might seem like a reference to the shape of ones pants, but it is not that interesting.

A reference to the standard accounting reports. These include the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows. In each of these multi-line reports, a variety of financial figures are provided. Some are positive and some are negative. But
the bottom line of each report provides the net of all the figures.

In that sense the bottom line of each report is generally the most important indicator of the financial position. Anyone wanting the quick story would look first to the bottom line of each report.





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