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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.
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"When we examined the results closely, we found the root of the problem was staff issues.
In this particular instance, she found the root of the problem was a failure to recognize the onset of these injuries.
He countered this hesitation by briefly tapping the westward button on the hand control, but I found the root of the problem to be a loose gear attached to the motor.
He's going to be checked over by the vet, but I haven't been totally happy with him for some time now, and there is no point pressing on until we've found the root of the problem."
''We seem to have found the root of the problem - basically it was an inflamed disc - and hope I can go on from here enjoying my cricket.
Liverpool thought they had found the root of the problems during his last prolonged absence, and while his latest knock is not related to those long-standing problems, it has been another blow to the side.