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get to the bottom of (something)

To determine the cause or source of something or solve the mystery of something. What is causing this water leak? Has anyone gotten to the bottom of it yet? I have every confidence that our detectives will get to the bottom of this crime.
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get to the bottom of something

Fig. to get an understanding of the causes of something. We must get to the bottom of this problem immediately. There is clearly something wrong here, and I want to get to the bottom of it.
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get to the bottom of

Find the basic underlying quality or cause of something. For example, He was determined to get to the bottom of the problem. [Late 1700s] Also see at bottom.
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get to the bottom of something

COMMON If you get to the bottom of a problem or mystery, you discover the truth about it. The attack was quite severe. We intend to get to the bottom of things and, if needs be, ensure that action is brought against those responsible for it. The secrets of a truly happy couple are ultimately a private mystery, but we've tried to get to the bottom of it.
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get to the bottom of

find an explanation for (a mystery).
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get to the ˈbottom of something

find the true cause of something or the solution to something: We’re determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. OPPOSITE: scratch the surface (of something)
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References in classic literature ?
There's positively no getting to the bottom of his pocket.
It is quite clear that we shall have extreme difficulty in getting to the bottom of this mystery, unless we can bring this man, Monks, upon his knees.
He said he was "committed to getting to the bottom of what happened" as well as assessing the way the FBI responds to information from the public.
Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost.
Nicholas Perry SPORT: McClaren and his staff have had the task of getting to the bottom of what makes Newcastle United players tick.
If the police couldn't handle this high-profile inquiry competently, what chance is there of them getting to the bottom of serious crime committed against the rest of us?
Police is hopeful in getting to the bottom of the matter by investigating the matter on scientific grounds.
RYA RY N DOW is hoping he'LLOW is hoping he'll rediscover his best form for Dundee United after finally getting to the bottom of a mystery injury.
It appears to be a case of various 'representatives' coming out of the woodwork so it's a case of getting to the bottom of who represents who and trying to achieve the goal, which is to add players to the squad.
She raced and finished fifth but did not compete again until earlier this season and even contemplated retirement before finally getting to the bottom of the knee problem.
Your ribcage should move as little as pos-sible--if it lifts upwards as you breathe in, your upper lungs are filling up too much and not enough air is getting to the bottom of your lungs.
In Staffordshire, inspector Jayne Bashford is tending to a dog in an abandoned house, but getting to the bottom of the story of how it got there proves tricky.
brownie points to Severn Trent for So, three brownie points to Severn Trent for getting to the bottom of the matter when Red Button suggested it had smashed a piece of the city's transport heritage.
Getting to the bottom of how the cycle hire scheme has actually been funded has been a continual battle.
Getting to the bottom of the story will take "all the clues we have, plus a healthy dose of imagination," Emerson wrote.