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be/lie at the bottom of something

to be the real reason for something unpleasant I don't know for certain why she dislikes you, but I suspect jealousy is at the bottom of it.
See also: bottom, of
References in classic literature ?
He died two years afterwards, still raving about the treasures that lie at the bottom of the sea.
The first words I heard Monks say were these: "So the only proofs of the boy's identity lie at the bottom of the river, and the old hag that received them from the mother is rotting in her coffin.
The shark's potential dinner includes a divorced couple searching for a new source of energy, and a pair of thieves who are looking for stolen goods that may lie at the bottom of the river.
The plan was to scan the plume for evidence of water, believed to lie at the bottom of freezing cold polar craters.
They lie at the bottom of Group A on four points, four behind second-placed Primeiro Agosto with just one match remaining.
which lie at the bottom of ravines coming out of the mountains.
AEGEAN SEA -- Civilization blossomed dramatically during the Bronze Age 3,000 to 5,000 years ago; major clues to explain this critical turning point in human history lie at the bottom of the ocean--in artifacts aboard shipwrecks.
The Tynesiders have won only two UniBond League Premier Division matches this season and lie at the bottom of the table.
The cells that repeatedly drive the renewal process are just nine stem cells that lie at the bottom of each crypt, according to the researchers.
The only places on Earth that are as flat lie at the bottom of the oceans, notes Smith.
It is believed water ice could lie at the bottom of dark craters at the Moon's poles, where temperatures are lower than minus 170C.
They lie at the bottom of Group A with three points, six behind leaders ES Setif of Algeria and three adrift of Vita and Angola's Santos.
Moreover, the walking paths lie at the bottom of a steep, winding sidewalk that descends a considerable distance from the tram station.
The debris isn't simply rolling downhill, because the smoothed regions do not lie at the bottom of slopes.
The Petroleum side conceded the match's sole goal in the second half of the game, and now they lie at the bottom of Group A.