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In the sentence

A lasted till the bottom of B

where B is an event which, in its turn, lasted some years, "bottom" is the beginning of B or the end of B?

I found it in an economic article, the actual sentence is

the regulatory wave lasted till the bottom of the world 2007-2009 crisis

(Henry Penikas, "History of Banking Regulation as Developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 1974-2014 (Brief Overview)", 2015).

  • It's a new one on me. – WS2 Jun 14 at 5:53
  • Bottom is used to indicate the “lowest” part of something. What “events” do A and B refer to? For instance: “at the bottom of sth” The time to buy is at the bottom of a recession. – user240918 Jun 14 at 5:54
  • The only time I have heard this type of phrase is in relation to a baseball inning and it refers to the second part of the inning, so my gut tells me its the end. but yeah, it depends on what A and B are – katatahito Jun 14 at 5:55
  • @user240918 I found it in an economic article "the regulatory wave lasted till the bottom of the world 2007-2009 crisis" – CarLaTeX Jun 14 at 5:58
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    @CarLaTeX that clearly refers to the “worst” phase of the crisis, which may have taken place anytime during the the period 2007-2009. – user240918 Jun 14 at 6:00
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From Investopedia

A bottom is the lowest price reached by a financial security, commodity, index or economic cycle. Often, a specific time span is used to determine a bottom, and that timeframe can be a year, month or even intraday.

In your case “bottom” refers to the worst phase of the 2007-2009 economic/financial crisis

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