Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bottom line

bottom line
Meaning(s)
1) the most important aspect of something, or the amount of money a business makes or loses
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • all some businesses think about is the bottom line
  • Analysis

    In accounting, the 'bottom line' refers to the final amount on accounts or a balance sheet. Figuratively the 'bottom line' can also mean the most important or fundamental element of something.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The person at the bank spent ages explaining things and going over facts and figures, but the bottom line is we don't qualify for a mortgage just yet.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company don't care about the environment, their employees, or their customers; they just care about making a profit. All they think about is the bottom line.
    2. It doesn't matter how good an idea it was, the bottom line is that the product didn't sell, so we need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something that will.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Many businesses make the mistake of only engaging in short-term planning with the sole focus of increasing the next quarter's bottom line. Lack of a clear, long-term vision can severely limit opportunities for growth.  
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