get to the root of (something)

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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?
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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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'That freezing the said bank account and funds will greatly assist the applicants to get to the root of the matter and conclude its investigation timeously.
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.
'On behalf of the majority of Offa citizens at home and abroad, we want to assure the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies that we are in tandem with them in their quest to get to the root of the sad robbery incident by bringing to book, all those that are found culpable or committed accessory to this gruesome act.