get to the bottom of

Definition of get to the bottom of

: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.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

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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