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bottom line, the

The bookkeeping figure showing profit or loss
The result of any computation or estimate, esp one showing total costs: I’ll go half if the bottom line’s OK
Any final decision or judgment: Let me tell you the bottom line
A fundamental or crucial point of fact; the essence; the NITTY-GRITTY: The bottom line is I am paid to win games, not for goodwill


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