get to the bottom of

idiom

: to find out the true reason for or cause of (something)
Police are working furiously to get to the bottom of this recent string of violent crimes.

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Recent Examples on the Web But there are no easy answers here, leading Keller down a dark path while Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to get to the bottom of the case himself. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 10 Nov. 2023 Hoping to get to the bottom of the incident Bailey reached out to Saks customer service via email, text and through the website. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 In recent months, top E.U. officials, French President Emmanuel Macron and other would-be Orban-whisperers have tried to get to the bottom of his demands. Beatriz Ríos, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 After Jennifer kills multiple male classmates, Needy hopes to put an end to the violence, while also trying to get to the bottom of what exactly happened to her best friend. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 27 Nov. 2023 Ultimately, the report is calling on Britain’s prime minister Rishi Sunak to get to the bottom of the issue and help businesses grapple with the cost of continuous absences. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 24 Jan. 2024 Did Aidan’s 'And Just Like That' Jacket Come From John Corbett’s Own Closet? To get to the bottom of this fashion mystery, PEOPLE reached out to AJLT costume designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago, who run the Instagram account @andjustlikethatcostumes. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 Between scooting down one stair at a time on his butt, attempting to descend head-first and testing out a running start, the Priscilla star can’t quite get to the bottom of the stage. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Banks need to talk to other banks to get to the bottom of these schemes, and that alone can be a challenge. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023 See More

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