get to the root of the problem

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get to the root of the problem

To find or ascertain the cause of a particular problem or issue. The plumber has gotten to the root of the problem, and it doesn’t sound too costly to fix, thank goodness.
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A number of Mexico's sugar refineries teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, yet no one has gotten to the root of the problem: chronic overproduction of sugar cane.