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find the root of the problem

To find or ascertain the cause of a particular problem or issue. The plumber has found the root of the problem, and it doesn’t sound too costly to fix, thank goodness.
See also: find, of, problem, root
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"It is about finding the root of the problem and it could be that proper guidance and control is needed for the pupil.