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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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.
Everyone was having great fun until another child noticed that Ryan was laying at the bottom of the pool in deep water, not moving.