root of the problem

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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.
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If necessary, you can consult a veterinary behaviorist to find the root of the problem and to develop strategies to retrain your boy.
He's hoping to find the root of the problem which is causing him serious bother, making it difficult to work and even walk.
A spokesman for NRW confirmed that they will spend the winter working with agencies to try and find the root of the problem and find a solution before further water tests, pencilled in for early May before the start of the bathing season.
You need to find the root of the problem first and then sort it out.
He can find the root of the problem and he can treat the problem.
It's a serious problem because it's a problem he has had before and we need to make sure we find the root of the problem.
Rasouli has tried to find the root of the problem and thinks the lack of an effective mechanism to ensurepromises made were kept (of employment and security) is to blame.
Sophie says the key to dealing with teenage girls is to find the root of the problem Picture by IAN McINTYRE
Vet Anita White said: "Holly was obviously unwell but we couldn't find the root of the problem.
I'm a nurse, a street nurse, and what I see 'downstream' in society necessitates that I look 'upstream' to find the root of the problem.
Because of so many incidents, they tasked a psychologist to find the root of the problem.
Balde will now travel to Sheffield for a second opinion in a bid to find the root of the problem.
David Moyes sent him to visit an Italian specialist last week in an attempt to find the root of the problem and now it has emerged Ferrari is unlikely to return to contention until the Merseyside derby at Anfield on March 25 at the earliest.