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They would then knock the bottom out of the Home Rule agitation.

Now he's goin' after 'em like he'd tear the bottom out of the feed box.

That night at Cadenabbia had apparently knocked the bottom out of his dream.

Shan't say that to Clara, though; knock the bottom out of her week-ends!'

The ship was on shore, dashing her bottom out upon the rocks.

"And if it is, you have knocked the bottom out," Tom said to him.

There was no denying that it completely knocked the bottom out of his own article.

He could talk the bottom out of a nose-bag, or put a clock to sleep.

Somebody has been sitting in my chair and has sate the bottom out of it!

She could not have crawled through her own washtub if she had knocked the bottom out of it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English botm, bodan "ground, soil, foundation, lowest part," from Proto-Germanic *buthm- (cf. Old Frisian boden "soil," Old Norse botn, Dutch bodem, Old High German bodam, German Boden "ground, earth, soil"), from PIE root *bhu(n)d(h)- (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Avestan buna- "bottom," Greek pythmen "foundation," Latin fundus "bottom, piece of land, farm," Old Irish bond "sole of the foot"). Meaning "posterior of a person" is from 1794. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882. Bottom-feeder, originally of fishes, is from 1866.

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