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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He told the king of the vast wealth that was lying at the bottom of the sea.
When Brahma, or the God of Gods, saith the Shaster, resolved to recreate the world after one of its periodical dissolutions, he gave birth to Vishnoo, to preside over the work; but the Vedas, or mystical books, whose perusal would seem to have been indispensable to Vishnoo before beginning the creation, and which therefore must have contained something in the shape of practical hints to young architects, these Vedas were lying at the bottom of the waters; so Vishnoo became incarnate in a whale, and sounding down in him to the uttermost depths, rescued the sacred volumes.
The same whirlwinds of snow circled about, covering the dead Vasili Andreevich's fur coat, the shivering Mukhorty, the sledge, now scarcely to be seen, and Nikita lying at the bottom of it, kept warm beneath his dead master.
As truly as the loadstone draws iron towards it, so he, lying at the bottom of his grave, could draw me near him when he would.
Gary Douglas was found dead in his SUV on Tuesday after a member of the public spotted the vehicle lying at the bottom of an embankment outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Gary Douglas was found dead in his SUV on Tuesday after a member of the public spotted the Renault Kadjar lying at the bottom of an embankment outside Enniskillen.
Replays showed the 28-yearold lock bring his right boot down on to the head of Jones, who was lying at the bottom of a ruck and later needed stitches above his left eye.
The boy's mum saw him lying at the bottom of the main pool at the Red Lion caravan park in Arbroath at around 3pm.
Since then, they have managed to score just one goal and are currently lying at the bottom of the group with no points.
Thomas Henry Fowler was found lying at the bottom of the stairs with his wife Naomi, who suffered with dementia, lying
Mr Miles, 48, had been lying at the bottom of the pool for at least 25 minutes.
2 : lying at the bottom of a body of water <sunken ships>
On looking through the letterbox he saw him lying at the bottom of the stairs and rang the emergency services.
A force spokeswoman said paramedics discovered the man, who has not been named, lying at the bottom of a bridge on Bristol Road South, near Longbridge roundabout at 12.
The body of Mr Hewitt, also 32, was found lying at the bottom of the stairs early on Tuesday, June 14.