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Bottom out

Posted by Lotg on October 04, 2003

I was just watching a deep and meaningful (yeah right) episode of NYPD and one of the characters said that their snitch, bottomed out, which I assume means they backed out, whimped out, whatever. This means that what I think the term 'bottom out' means and what Americans think it means must be different.

So what does 'bottom out' mean to an American and how did it originate?