at the root of

idiom

: the reason for (something)
Simple greed was at the root of the robbery.

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s exactly what’s at the root of the fear Kaho experiences. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 But to limit one’s admiration to sheer wonder would be a disservice to the pointed message at the root of Torres’ wild visions. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 21 June 2024 But so far, the international community has done little to address the pollution at the root of the problem. Farah Nibbs, The Conversation, 4 June 2024 While Washington negotiated in good faith, Beijing dragged its feet for years on a bilateral investment treaty that would have addressed many issues at the root of today’s trade war. Ely Ratner, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2018 See all Example Sentences for at the root of 

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“At the root of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20root%20of. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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