get to the bottom of (something)

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get to the bottom of (something)

To determine the cause or source of something or solve the mystery of something. What is causing this water leak? Has anyone gotten to the bottom of it yet? I have every confidence that our detectives will get to the bottom of this crime.
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get to the bottom of something

Fig. to get an understanding of the causes of something. We must get to the bottom of this problem immediately. There is clearly something wrong here, and I want to get to the bottom of it.
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get to the bottom of

Find the basic underlying quality or cause of something. For example, He was determined to get to the bottom of the problem. [Late 1700s] Also see at bottom.
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get to the bottom of something

COMMON If you get to the bottom of a problem or mystery, you discover the truth about it. The attack was quite severe. We intend to get to the bottom of things and, if needs be, ensure that action is brought against those responsible for it. The secrets of a truly happy couple are ultimately a private mystery, but we've tried to get to the bottom of it.
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get to the bottom of

find an explanation for (a mystery).
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get to the ˈbottom of something

find the true cause of something or the solution to something: We’re determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. OPPOSITE: scratch the surface (of something)
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But I think at this time, people around the globe had gotten to the bottom of the controversy and we already found out the final answer-- that the viral white and gold dress is actually black and blue.
Determined to calm her down, Mick runs Linda a bath, and when the smell of the lavender bath foam makes her sick, he thinks he's finally gotten to the bottom of her erratic behaviour.
Goodlatte said 'we still haven't gotten to the bottom of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and continue to face additional terrorist threats from Libya, yet the Obama Administration is preparing to lift a longstanding ban that protects Americans and our interests.
Once they've gotten to the bottom of these nighttime traumas, the experts can begin to devise a treatment plan - and we're promised that they are going to be a lot more surprising than simply counting sheep or having a nice cup of hot milk.
The FDA is recommending that American pistachio products not be consumed until it has gotten to the bottom of the issue.
What exactly has she gotten to the bottom of during her tenure as attorney general?