lie at the bottom of (something)

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lie at the bottom of (something)

To be the fundamental cause of something. Stubbornness lies at the bottom of every unresolved disagreement.
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be/lie at the ˈbottom of something

be the basic cause of something: Racist feelings almost certainly lie at the bottom of these recent attacks.
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It was fortunate, also, that I lay at the bottom of the little pile--a climax being quite as essential in sustaining an extortionate price, as in terminating with due effect, a poem, a tragedy, or a romance.
To divert my mind, I took up the newspaper which had covered the little basket of refreshments, and which now lay at the bottom of the coach, blushing with a deep-red stain and emitting a potent spirituous fume from the contents of the broken bottle of Kalydor.
I lay at the bottom of the boat, and as I gazed on the cloudless blue sky, I seemed to drink in a tranquillity to which I had long been a stranger.
Toward one of these our captors led us, and after a short walk halted before a steel cage which lay at the bottom of a shaft rising above us as far as one could see.
Here Pokey, who had been peering lovingly down at the five warm nuts that lay at the bottom of her tiny pocket, suddenly looked up and said, "Oh
Unknown to all but Hester Prynne, and possessing the lock and key of her silence, he chose to withdraw his name from the roll of mankind, and, as regarded his former ties and interest, to vanish out of life as completely as if he indeed lay at the bottom of the ocean, whither rumour had long ago consigned him.
Meeting a comrade at the last post station but one before Moscow, Denisov had drunk three bottles of wine with him and, despite the jolting ruts across the snow-covered road, did not once wake up on the way to Moscow, but lay at the bottom of the sleigh beside Rostov, who grew more and more impatient the nearer they got to Moscow.
A womAn'S body lay at the bottom of a public swimming pool for more than Two days before anyone noticed.
The emergency services were working to recover the bodies from the wreckage, which lay at the bottom of a deep and "murky" private fishing lake in Maldon, Essex.
A fatal accident inquiry heard that she lay at the bottom of the shaf t for six hours while senior officers carried out a "risk assessment" before trying to save her.
THE body of 14-year-old boy lay at the bottom of a garden swimming pool for two days undetected by police and children swimming.
These rocks formed when the region lay at the bottom of an inland basin.
A GERMAN World War II U-Boat that lay at the bottom of the ocean for 50 years has made its final voyage up the River Mersey.
It has drilled into rock which scientists hope to prove once lay at the bottom of a salty lake or sea.