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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You were intent on striking at the heart of our democracy and if our politicians are to be at risk from those like you, then the message must go out loud and clear that this country will not tolerate such threats to its democratic processes," he added.
But the Echo can reveal today how this crime and dozens like it every day are the result of a vicious cycle of drug dealing and addiction that is striking at the heart of communities across Cardiff.
A SUICIDE car bomb devastated Pakistan's main spy agency building in the north-west today, killing at least seven people and striking at the heart of the institution overseeing much of the country's anti-terror campaign.
Another chunk of medieval skulduggery finds faithful servant Chaloner on the trail of a poisoner who's striking at the heart of the court.
Striking at the heart of "American Idol," Louis called for blacks to stop calling humans "dogs.
The significance of the case goes well beyond the CELL paper, striking at the heart of how institutions respond to allegations of scientific error.
Switch between the Green Beret, always at the heart of the action with his expertise in combat and the use of heavy weaponry, the Sniper with his nerves of steel and expert marksmanship, and the Spy, stealthily striking at the heart of the enemy.