Definition of bottom in English:
noun(usually the bottom)
- They've signposted content with clear navigation and put neat section headers at the bottom of the front page.
- Instead of covering this as if it were the top story, put it on the bottom of the front page.
- At the bottom of the front page is a box stating: ‘As always, your feedback is very welcome.’
- Many trolleys removed from supermarkets return damaged or end up at the bottom of a local lake or river.
- Their fertile farmland now lay at the bottom of the lake.
- ‘I had my suspicions that there might be relics from the film at the bottom of the river,’ he says.
- So I threw it into the bottom of the bin and covered it with a pile of old Canberra Times.
- They're too tough, and the husk is still attached, and I always end up leaving them at the bottom of the container.
- One trick I have learnt is to put some bulbs at the bottom of the container so they flower in spring.
- His neighbours report that if he does exhibit any mild eccentricity, it is only his habit of spending hours locked in the shed at the bottom of his Oxford garden.
- Think of British inventors and you picture lone eccentrics toiling away in a shed at the bottom of the garden, seeking to make discoveries of genius.
- Mrs God would have been furious if she had found out that, after lunch, he was in the shed at the bottom of the garden tinkering with bits of disused jet aircraft.
- I know schools can be transformative - even for those at the bottom of the ladder.
- The settlement gives more to higher grade officers then it does to those at the bottom of the ladder.
- In the arena of open competition, the talkers are quickly moved to the bottom of the rankings.
- She still had an hour and a half, so she dressed in pajama bottoms and a shirt she stole from Vince's bag.
- She had changed from her mini skirt into pajama bottoms and a tight-fitting t-shirt that had an unprintable logo on it.
- Closing the basement door, she quickly changed into a pair of green pajama bottoms and a white tank top.
- At birth the newborn emerges into a world suddenly filled with sensations, including possibly a slap on the bottom.
- As Vernon explains, the slow, rhythmic grinding, bumping and shaking is great for toning bottoms, abdominal muscles, thighs, backs and arms.
- But, more to the point, do we really want the old blokes of the future to have cheeks as soft as babies' bottoms; to have foreheads as smooth as velvet and, overall, to appear as rugged as a sand dune?
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- So I've just put everything on the bottom shelf in the cupboard.
- One of the best magazines we discovered was not at Frieze but tucked away on the bottom shelf of the bookshop at Tate Modern.
- The children's books have occupied the bottom shelves where children can easily access them.
- The top terrace consists of a lawn surrounded by borders, the bottom terrace is a small, mown orchard.
- Divided into top and bottom terraces, both provide an incredible view to the Black Sea.
- Has the day come when now you check the computer for your cattle numbers instead of having to go down to the bottom field to do so?
- You might want to temporarily cut rates for the bottom two income brackets.
- The top two from each pool will progress to the cup competition, while the bottom two will get a second bite of the cherry in the plate.
- Canada is increasingly divided between the few who have much and a growing bottom class that has little.
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- British Waterways, which has to keep the river navigable, is under pressure to remove the silt after complaints that boats are bottoming on the river bed.
- Once bottomed, Dechaineux fired a series of yellow smoke candles every half an hour until found.
- Although the situation has improved since bottoming out in 1998, the number of people facing the threat of poverty is from 30 percent to 60 percent of the population.
- ‘While the vacancy rate in Dublin is still relatively high in a European context, there is evidence that the situation is now bottoming out,’ Hunt said.
- One author predicted that the Dow is likely to fall as much as ninety-eight percent in early 2000s, and the market will probably not bottom out until it reaches a level of ninety-five.
- 1at bottom
- Fundamentally: at bottom, science is explorationMore example sentences
- Likewise, we want Harry Angel to have, at bottom, a pure heart.
- We rest, at bottom, on the inherent dignity of the individual.
- This is because corruption is not at bottom simply a matter of law; rather it is fundamentally a matter of morality.
- 2be at the bottom of
- Be the basic cause or origin of (something): he knew what was at the bottom of it—Jane wanted them to live togetherMore example sentences
- He has quite a tale about trying to get a hotel room and the pathetic computer system that was at the bottom of all his woes.
- Mrs Dunwiddy believed in economy, and pine-scented hard toilet paper was at the bottom of her economy drive.
- The information made him suspect that female skulduggery was at the bottom of it.
- 3the bottom falls (or drops) out
- Used to refer to the sudden collapse or failure of something: the bottom fell out of the market for classic carsMore example sentences
- It's not like he signs it and the bottom falls out of the market.
- Consumer confidence edged lower for the last three months, but the level of confidence remains strong and that's probably going to continue, unless the bottom falls out of the labor market.
- Without that the bottom falls out of our value system and invites nihilism.
- 4bottom of the harbour
- Australian historical Used to refer to a tax evasion scheme involving asset stripping and the apparent loss of company records: in many cases, the company is just wound up, and it all goes to the bottom of the harbour the bottom of the harbour schemes will continue uncheckedMore example sentences
- Those decisions had led to the infamous "Bottom of the Harbour" tax avoidance schemes and consequent massive losses to revenue.
- For years there were the "bottom of the harbour" tax evasion schemes whereby companies manipulated their accounts to avoid taxation.
- This week's events hark back to the 1980s, to the days of the notorious "bottom of the harbour" tax schemes.
- 5bottoms up!
- informal Used to express friendly feelings towards one’s companions before drinking.Example sentences
- After largely ignoring the typed speech, he came to the end of his comments by saying: ‘I am declaring this plant officially open, so it's bottoms up!’
- From the looks of you, it seems to me that you might be a big drinker. Bottoms up?
- 6from the bottom of one's heart
- see heart.
- 7from the bottom up
- Starting at the lower end or beginning of a hierarchy or process and proceeding to the top: we began to study history from the bottom upMore example sentences
- The historical process has unfolded from the bottom up.
- But, in a process described as working from the bottom up, three codes were drawn up by the relevant industries.
- They are wrong in assuming either approach could offer a stable alternative to the long process of building democracy from the bottom up.
- 8get to the bottom of
- Find an explanation for (a mystery): the health authority was determined to get to the bottom of what went wrongMore example sentences
- Anyway, with the hopes of getting to the bottom of the house buzzing mystery, I typed up a letter to the residents of the building and dropped it in their mail slot.
- Like Larry Tate in Bewitched, which ran on ABC at the same time, the senior man in I Dream Of Jeannie never quite got to the bottom of all the mysteries surrounding his underling.
- Unfortunately whether or not John McLaurin got to the bottom of the mystery of Volusia County is something the memos cannot tell us.
- 9knock the bottom out of
- Cause (something) to collapse or fail suddenly: a shortfall in supplies would knock the bottom out of the engineering industryMore example sentences
- Last week's profit warning knocked the bottom out of the share price.
- This year they had all seen how vulnerable they were when it knocked the bottom out of the tourist season.
- 10you (can) bet your bottom dollar
- informal Used to state one’s conviction that a particular thing is going to happen: you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll end in tearsMore example sentences
- Maybe there won't be the obligatory made-for-TV movies in the next few months but you can bet your bottom dollar that some ‘documentary’ directors will be banging on his front door.
- If this is perceived by some people as a success in England, then you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be introduced in Scotland soon enough as well.
- And on top of that you can bet your bottom dollar that we won't be rushing to get your car ready after this outburst.
- Example sentences
- It is common in geology to regard the age of the bottommost organic sediments in wetlands as minimal estimates for the time of deglaciation or withdrawal of proglacial water bodies.
- Lastly, about the bottommost right portion of a web page, many people are actually having a hard time figuring out how to include the keywords in this section.
- You just pour melted chocolate into the bottommost bowl.
booty from Late Middle English:
The original core meaning of booty was ‘to distribute’. Victors in war divided the booty stolen from an enemy among themselves. The modern American word meaning ‘a person's bottom or buttocks’ is unconnected. It is probably an alteration of botty (late 19th century) in the same sense, itself an alteration of bottom, an Old English word used for the buttocks since the late 18th century. If someone urges you to shake your booty, they want you to dance energetically. A sexy woman has been bootylicious since 1994, although the word was popularized by the single of the same name by Destiny's Child in 2001.
Words that rhyme with bottomrock-bottom
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