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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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Etymology

A reference to the literal bottom line of an income statement or other accounting record.

Noun

Singular
bottom line

Plural
s

bottom line (s)
  1. (accounting) The final balance; the amount of money or profit left after everything has been tallied.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The summary or result; the most important information; the upshot; the net-net.
    The bottom line is that there simply are not enough hours in the day to finish all there is to do.

Usage notes

When somebody talks about increasing the bottom line, it means doing things to either increase the revenue or decrease expenses so the net income increases.

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