lie at the bottom of (something)

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lie at the bottom of (something)

To be the fundamental cause of something. Stubbornness lies at the bottom of every unresolved disagreement.
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be/lie at the ˈbottom of something

be the basic cause of something: Racist feelings almost certainly lie at the bottom of these recent attacks.
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During the balance of the day the priests of Opar were busy erecting an altar in the center of the clearing, and while they worked they chanted weird hymns in the ancient tongue of that lost continent that lies at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Conway steps back into his old role to cover the hit, unaware that his colleague's body lies at the bottom of a quarry.
The snobbery that lies at the bottom of the sniping at the Middleton family demeans us all.
ANOTHER cheery case in Taggart: a dead man lies at the bottom of a quarry - leaving his young son screaming in a nearby car.
As Gail (Helen Worth) lies at the bottom of the stairs, David runs out of the back door and makes his way to Tina's place.
Anglezarke Quarry lies at the bottom of Anglezarke Moor and is popular with walkers and climbers.
Specifically, any remaining Republican claim on the fiscal high ground now lies at the bottom of the swamp that is our nation's capital.
The snake, symbol of a fallen angel, lies at the bottom of a ladder, as if dropped from the sky to a landscape blackened by fire.
Embonas lies at the bottom of a valley, and it's the home of Emery Winery, the island's largest.
Gateshead chief Derek Bell explained today why he feels "immensely proud" of a team that lies at the bottom of the UniBond League Premier Division and is now facing up to life without the prospect of a lucrative run in the FA Cup.
lies at the bottom of the black and white failure to stop the spread of this epidemic.
SAILOR Dave Murray plans to raise the 100-year-old tall ship Glaciere which lies at the bottom of Liverpool's Collingwood Dock tomorrow.
Tycoon Sarel Gous is coming to Belfast for talks about building a new version of the ship which lies at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Moreover, the cap lies at the bottom of a bowl-shaped depression 5 kilometers deep and several thousand km wide.
This reckless talk shows the disregard for the lives of Iraqis that lies at the bottom of U.