Laying at the bottom of - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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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The prosecutor said the visitor found Lewis' victim "laying at the bottom of
the stairs in a puddle of blood", and called the police.
"I was amazed that the watch was in such good condition after laying at the bottom of
the sea for generations," the Telegraph quoted Hughes, 38, as saying.