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get to the root of (something)
To understand the cause or source of something. What is causing this water leak? Has anyone gotten to the root of it yet?
get to the ˈroot of something be able to see or do something about the main cause (of a problem, etc.): We must get to the root of the drugs problem. OPPOSITE: scratch the surface (of something)
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I had hoped you would get to the root of
the problem and so judge whether a federation is the best alternative to a fully united one independent state with no borders and with equal rights for all its citizens thus leaving no exit for partition.