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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.
See also: of, problem, root

bound and determined to

Firmly resolved to, as in He was bound and determined to finish the assignment before taking on another. This phrase is a redundancy used for emphasis, as bound and determined here both mean "resolved to." Also see bound to.
See also: and, bound, determined
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For example, the 2006 proposed regulations allow taxpayers to use spot rate conventions that reasonably approximate the spot rate on a particular day, and generally, determine taxable income and loss by reference to the average exchanges rate for the year.
By looking at the delta between what the trainee knows and what he or she needs to know, we can determine the training interventions necessary.
The standard procedure of using an explorer, visual examination, and radiographs to determine caries is most commonly used to determine the need of a sealant placement on a tooth surface.
Electron back scattering is not an issue, because it is not necessary to determine the relative directions of the electron and proton.
Once data has been classified, and there is agreement where the data should reside, policies must be established to determine where (on which storage resources) the data should be located.
Just as our previous result associates with the firm "marking up" its MC to determine the price to charge consumers, this result suggests a firm "marking down" its MRP to determine the wage to offer workers.
Determine if derivatives used are liquid and if there are "naked" positions.
A demolition estimator's primary responsibility is to determine the following five critical items as accurately as possible:
The first priority of the tests was to establish several properties that would determine the most creep-resistant zinc alloy:
First and foremost, an initial assessment needs to be made to determine the number and type of adjusters necessary to quickly respond to all of the claims expected to be filed.
They also should determine if anyone was sleeping with the child at the time of death and if this person was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
It is implicit in the method validation process that the studies to determine the method performance parameters are carried out using equipment that is within specification, working correctly and adequately calibrated.
Determine the relationships between support items on two or more end items
In order to approve an application by a foreign bank to establish an agency in the United States, the IBA and Regulation K require the Board to determine that the foreign bank applicant engages directly in the business of banking outside of the United States and has furnished to the Board the information it needs to assess the application adequately.