strike at the heart of (something)

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strike at the heart of (something)

To attack the central part or most crucial element of something; to attack the part that allows something to function. By cracking down on the opium trade, the task force is hoping to strike at the heart of terrorist funding in the region.
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In a pre-action letter sent to the MEP, legal firm Wedlake Bell said the comments represent "a direct assault on the integrity of our client and strikes at the heart of his professional and business reputation".
"The battle for Mosul is decisive on the military front as it strikes at the heart of Daesh," he added.
Retaliation is personal and strikes at the heart of an employee's well-being: job assignments, pay and their sense of 'belonging' in the workplace community.
The dispute over the command strikes at the heart of an unresolved row between Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government in Arbil over territory, oil and the interpretation of Iraq's federal constitution.
This is a special crime that strikes at the heart of communities and so deserves a special punishment.
The Gateshead couple admitted lying and were told at Newcastle crown court the scam "strikes at the heart of the justice system".
We believe that academic dishonesty is a major issue, because it strikes at the heart of the academic and social values: honesty, trust and integrity.
In a stinging rebuke, panel chairman Peter Williams said: "It is our view that Mrs Davies's behaviour strikes at the heart of what it is to be a teacher." The panel heard how she would warn youngsters "there is a waft coming in from paradise" moments before targeting them with air freshener.
He condemned today's anti-Muslim demonstration in Cardiff's civic centre, saying it strikes at the heart of multi-cultural Wales.
Recorder Roger Thomas QC told him: "Tendering counterfeit notes as genuine is a serious offence which strikes at the heart of the economy."
Judge Lord Hardie told Pervez at the high court in Glasgow: "You have pled guilty to an offence which strikes at the heart of justice."
It strikes at the heart of issues, and recent campaigns such as "Go for Jobs" have ensured that we address political red tape that is stifling progress and potential investment within the area.
They know if they lose, a message is sent out across the Muslim world that strikes at the heart of their ideology", Blair said.
For some, the inscribed habit of drawing functions as a warm-up exercise; for others, its simplicity not only formalizes the idea of beginning again each day but strikes at the heart of an artist's concerns.
By addressing the relationship between cell activity and consciousness, he strikes at the heart of how living systems form and heal themselves.