March 15, 2006

bottom line

Posted in Idioms at 10:01 am by Feng

bottom line — the final result, the essential point [dict]

In 24, a terrorist set off a chemical weapon, called the Sentox gas, inside the building of the Counter Terrorist Unit. The gas immediately killed about half of the staff, with the survivors locked in the sealed rooms. However, the gas was corroding the seals and threatening the lives inside the room. Chloe updated Jack with the latest situation: the percentage of the seal corrosion. Jack quickly asked, “Tell me the bottom line.” “We have less than 20 minutes left.” Chloe replied.

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