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The dinosaur's claw marks show it was swimming along in this river and just its tippy toes were touching bottom.
When fishing leadhead jigs or plastic shrimp, a line that goes slack or develops a bow before touching bottom, telegraphs a strike.
On a same-store basis, both department store and supermarket sales fell for the 13th consecutive year, showing no sign of touching bottom in the face of declining personal consumption amid the economic slump.