determine the root of the problem

determine the root of the problem

To find or ascertain the cause of a particular problem or issue. The plumber has determined the root of the problem, and it doesn’t sound too costly to fix, thank goodness.
See also: determine, of, problem, root
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- Determine the Root of the Problem: Whether it was some unexpected bills one month or finances seem to be a constant struggle, pinpointing the problem is half the battle.