root of the problem

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*root of the problem

an understanding of the causes or basis of a problem. (*Typically: determine ~; figure out ~; find ~; get to ~; get at ~.) It will take a little more study to get to the root of the problem. Let's stop avoiding the issue and get at the root of the problem.
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It's a serious problem because it's a problem he has had before and we need to make sure we find the root of the problem.
Within our practice, we find the root of the problem before deciding on an appropriate plan of care.
Sophie says the key to dealing with teenage girls is to find the root of the problem Picture by IAN McINTYRE
Vet Anita White said: "Holly was obviously unwell but we couldn't find the root of the problem.
If you want help because you find it impossible to stop using sunbeds, or stop any other damaging behaviour, counselling can find the root of the problem and develop other ways to boost your confidence.
I'm a nurse, a street nurse, and what I see 'downstream' in society necessitates that I look 'upstream' to find the root of the problem.
Because of so many incidents, they tasked a psychologist to find the root of the problem.
Balde will now travel to Sheffield for a second opinion in a bid to find the root of the problem.
David Moyes sent him to visit an Italian specialist last week in an attempt to find the root of the problem and now it has emerged Ferrari is unlikely to return to contention until the Merseyside derby at Anfield on March 25 at the earliest.
We worked together to find the root of the problem, and Roberts Sinto's engineers and fabrication staff then worked out the final design and actual hardware.
We need to sit down and discuss this calmly and find the root of the problem.
Today it was revealed that council chiefs have already spent pounds 50,000 trying to find the root of the problem at The Meadows special school, in Dudley Road East, Oldbury.
It's very frightening for everyone and I think that's part of why parents get worked up and panic a bit - it's important to stay calm, get some history of the self-harm and try to find the root of the problem.
I've been advised a scan is the only answer to find the root of the problem.