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 for At bottom
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bottom \Bot"tom\ (b[o^]t"t[u^]m), n. [OE. botum, botme, AS.
     botm; akin to OS. bodom, D. bodem, OHG. podam, G. boden,
     Icel. botn, Sw. botten, Dan. bund (for budn), L. fundus (for
     fudnus), Gr. pyqmh`n (for fyqmh`n), Skr. budhna (for
     bhudhna), and Ir. bonn sole of the foot, W. bon stem, base.
     [root]257. Cf. 4th Found, Fund, n.]
     1. The lowest part of anything; the foot; as, the bottom of a
        tree or well; the bottom of a hill, a lane, or a page.
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              Or dive into the bottom of the deep.  --Shak.
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     2. The part of anything which is beneath the contents and
        supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person
        sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or
        the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface.
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              Barrels with the bottom knocked out.  --Macaulay.
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              No two chairs were alike; such high backs and low
              backs and leather bottoms and worsted bottoms. --W.
                                                    Irving.
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     3. That upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal
        or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork.
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     4. The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea.
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     5. The fundament; the buttocks.
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     6. An abyss. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     7. Low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river;
        low-lying ground; a dale; a valley. "The bottoms and the
        high grounds." --Stoddard.
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     8. (Naut.) The part of a ship which is ordinarily under
        water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship.
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              My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak.
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              Not to sell the teas, but to return them to London
              in the
              same bottoms in which they were shipped. --Bancroft.
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     Full bottom, a hull of such shape as permits carrying a
        large amount of merchandise.
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     9. Power of endurance; as, a horse of a good bottom.
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     10. Dregs or grounds; lees; sediment. --Johnson.
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     At bottom, At the bottom, at the foundation or basis; in
        reality. "He was at the bottom a good man." --J. F.
        Cooper.
  
     To be at the bottom of, to be the cause or originator of;
        to be the source of. [Usually in an opprobrious sense.]
        --J. H. Newman.
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              He was at the bottom of many excellent counsels.
                                                    --Addison.
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     To go to the bottom, to sink; esp. to be wrecked.
  
     To touch bottom, to reach the lowest point; to find
        something on which to rest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  at bottom
      adv 1: in reality; "she is very kind at heart" [syn: at heart,
             at bottom, deep down, inside, in spite of
             appearance]

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