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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Similarly, it is unclear why the proposed regulations do not determine the unit of property in the context of network assets using the applicable USOA, as they require for all other Category One assets.
In order to achieve this alignment, the Navy instituted a new human capital strategy, which, in part, details a scientific method to determine the optimal number of sailors to execute any given task and ensures those sailors receive the necessary training.
It is important, therefore, to carefully evaluate the true nature of the payment and not rely on the label or source of payment to determine the taxation.
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.
(i) The Board may impose any limitations on the conduct or activities of the state member bank or any subsidiary of the bank as the Board determines to be appropriate under the circumstances and consistent with the purposes of section 121 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, including requiring the Board's prior approval for any financial subsidiary of the bank to acquire any company or engage in any additional activity; and
The laboratory's report determines if the lubricant was satisfactory, marginal or poor.
142 specifies that companies should evaluate the provisions of the legal arrangement to determine whether they limit or extend an asset's useful life.
This is better than the requirement, and we determine that this offers us the benefit of being able to track earned value deviations more efficiently and therefore ensure cost and schedule accountability to a greater degree.
Bank and its parents have committed to make available to the Board such information on Bank and any affiliate of Bank that the Board deems necessary to determine and enforce compliance with the IBA, the Bank Holding Company Act, and other applicable federal law.
First, each rental agreement must be examined to determine whether or not it is a "section 467 rental agreement." Generally, a section 467 rental agreement is a "rental agreement" that has either "increasing or decreasing rents" or "deferred or prepaid rents."(3) A "rental agreement" is defined as any agreement, whether written or oral, that provides for the use of tangible property and is treated as a lease for federal tax purposes.(4)
The airless abrasive blast wheel is the heart of blast equipment and how well it performs determines how well the equipment operates.
Next, AFU personnel identify the registered owners of the vehicles, determine whether the seizures were warranted, and ensure that officers followed correct procedures.
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However, under IRC section 3121(q), once the IRS determines that employee tip income is greater than that reported by the employee and sends the restaurant owner notice and demand, the restaurant owner must pay employer FICA tax on those wages.
First, the court noted that to the extent that the taxpayers based their argument upon the actual exercise of these class voting rights, it is not the exercise of a power but its existence that determines voting control.