Learning from the bottom up
'As an actor, I go where the good writing is. That's the bottom line.' Glenn Close - American screen and stage actress
At rock bottom
1 What is 'the bottom line'?
a the end of a road
b the most important fact in a situation
2 How do you feel if you are 'at rock bottom'?
a very happy
b as if everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong
3 When might you say 'bottoms up!'? a when you're about to dive into a swimming pool b when celebrating with friends before drinking
4 If you search your flat 'from top to bottom', where do you look?
a everywhere possible
b just in certain rooms
5 What are you if you are 'at the bottom of the heap'?
a at the lowest level in a particular group
b tired and ready to go to bed
The bottom of my heart
Match these phrases to the correct definition. There are more definitions than you need.
1 to bottom out
2 to scrape the bottom of the barrel
3 to get to the bottom of something
4 to be on the bottom rung of the ladder
5 to mean something from the bottom of your heart
a to be sincere in what you say
b to reach the lowest possible level and then to start to improve
c to hurt someone's feelings
d to be at the lowest level in a company or organisation
e to use poor quality people or things because that is all that is available
f to discover the truth about a situation
Fill in the gaps in these sentences with the correct phrase.
1 The ____________ is that we simply don't have any money left in the bank.
a bottom line
b bottoms up
2 I've been ill. My boyfriend has dumped me. I've lost my job. I'm really ____________ .
a at the bottom of the heap.
b at rock bottom.
3 I've lost my keys. I've searched the office ____________, but I haven't got a clue where they are!
a at the bottom of the heap
b from top to bottom
4 I'm the worst paid person in the office. I have to do all the rotten jobs. I know that I am at ____________.
a the bottom line.
b the bottom of the heap.
Finish off these bits of dialogue with the correct second half.
1 When I told you I loved you, I meant it ____________ .
2 After I lost my job, I was ____________.
3 I can't find my passport anywhere. I've searched the flat ____________ .
4 I had to ask Jacob to join the team - I know I'm ____________, but he's the only person who was free.
5 If you want a promotion, you'll just have to work longer hours. That's ____________ .
6 The economy will be better at the end of the year. Things will ____________ .
a at rock bottom for about a year.
b from top to bottom.
c the bottom line.
d from the bottom of my heart.
e bottom out soon.
f scraping the bottom of the barrel.
At rock bottom: 1 b. 2 b. 3 b. 4 a. 5 a.
The bottom of my heart: 1 b. 2 b. 3 b. 4 b. 5a.
Please complete: 1 a. 2 b. 3 b. 4 b.
Finish off: 1 d. 2 a. 3 b. 4 f. 5 c. 6 e.