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bottom line

A popular term borrowed from accountancy and business, which was first used as a verb (to state succinctly or summarise) in reference to a final result of a complex process or ultimate conclusion. It is now more widely used as a noun (a summary or basic conclusion), meaning the net income after taxes—excess of revenues over expenses, earnings and profits.
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Assumption #9: Caregivers Are Not Sophisticated Enough to Help Improve the Bottom Line
division of exploration and production of a large oil company, which has seen a 13 percent decline in income over the last five years, expects its recent Balanced Scorecard initiative to add $350 million to its bottom line over the next 10 years.