root of the problem

*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.
See also: of, problem, root
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The root of the problem is not about religious rites and practices; it's about deep spiritual feelings, experiences, and relationships in the young people's daily lives.
Dubay emphasizes that psychology and counselling do not get to the root of the problem.
We want to address the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Mr Wood believes an ulcer may be at the root of the problem.
The player complained of extreme soreness yesterday and went for tests to get to the root of the problem.
Jenkins ended up with a yellow card for his troubles, even though midfielder Colin Heath was at the root of the problem, but it was all sorted out amicably in the end.
But instead of rolling out the statistics the government should be doing more to get to the root of the problem.
The moves announced by the government today are aimed at not only expanding those powers, but getting right to the root of the problem and helping to catch youngsters before they turn to threats and intimidation as a way of life.
From Cultura, I've learned that it's much better to use products that contain medicine and that are prescribed in order to get to the root of the problem and give your skin the best possible care.
An excess of hair gel and centrifugal force were at the root of the problem.
First visit the dentist or hygienist as the root of the problem is generally dental.
The quotation marks are appropriate--but let's go back to the root of the problem, using a simple fairy tale to illustrate a critical point.
The anatomic root of the problem is an elongation of the eye as it grows, causing incoming light to focus in front of the retina, instead of squarely on it, explains Christopher J.
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce admitted that the club had ``gone down every route'' to get to the root of the problem.
There may indeed be a significant training shortfall, but the root of the problem is deeper and merits a closer look.