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)
See also: get, of, root, something
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The committee members who spoke at the sitting were not happy with the absence of the director, appealed to the purported four directors, who petitioned the lawmakers that they should wait to hear his side of the issue and assured them of getting to the root of the matter.
And for anyone who's thinking, "but what she really needs is some more airtime", Gemma is already signed up with Channel 5 to do a therapy mini-series getting to the root of her weight problem.
But how helpful these actions are in getting to the root of the problem is questionable.
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He has had a good week while we've been in Scotland and he's getting to the root of the problem.
Vocabulary is Comprehension: Getting to the Root of Text Complexity
We should determine the elements of this regime by getting to the root of the matter.
Causes & cures in the classroom; getting to the root of academic and behavior problems.
Its own investigation will take up to 18 months to complete, but it is worth the wait - the Commission does have form for getting to the root of scandals to prevent any repeat.
Maplineers revel in getting to the root of your problem and helping you to solve it, which makes them the perfect guides when it comes to updating your home.
Getting to the root of the problem: Health promotion strategies to address the social determinants of health.
Then-prime minister Winston Churchill issued a direct order to discover what went wrong, and a team of leading aviation experts was assembled - and in the process of getting to the root of the problem, they wrote the rulebook of modern air-crash investigation.
After finally getting to the root of the injury, Phinn has been given a chance to shine under Stair Park boss Stephen Aitken but was helpless as the Arabs racked up an easy victory.