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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HIT BOTTOM

And judging by the deep sadness in his soul, he knew he had hit bottom.

While working our way inshore over the shoals we hit bottom several times and finally went aground.

The truth is I have hit bottom good and hard and it is only to-day that I have come to the surface.

Hit bottom hard at 64 feet, and proceeded along bottom at full speed.

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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