be/lie at the bottom of

Definition of be/lie at the bottom of

chiefly British
:to be the source or originator of (something)
  • I think I know who's at the bottom of these pranks.

Word by Word Definitions

lie play
  1. : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : rest, recline

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

  2. : the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

  3. : the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) : covert

  1. : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

  1. : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

  2. : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

  3. : something that misleads or deceives

bottom play
  1. : the underside of something

  2. : a surface (such as the seat of a chair) designed to support something resting on it

  3. : buttocks, rump

  1. : to furnish (something, such as a chair) with a bottom

  2. : to provide a foundation for

  3. : to bring to the bottom

  1. : of, relating to, or situated at the bottom (see 1bottom)

  2. : frequenting the lowest part or place : frequenting the bottom


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