One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be the basic cause or origin of (something)‘he knew what was at the bottom of it—Jane wanted them to live together’
- ‘The Daily Telegraph suggests personal animosity is at the bottom of the tug of war.’
- ‘Mrs Dunwiddy believed in economy, and pine-scented hard toilet paper was at the bottom of her economy drive.’
- ‘The information made him suspect that female skulduggery was at the bottom of it.’
- ‘He has quite a tale about trying to get a hotel room and the pathetic computer system that was at the bottom of all his woes.’
- ‘The truth is that at the bottom, or the core, or heart - call it what you will - is nothingness.’
- ‘I think we all share a vision of wonder that is at the bottom of all this.’
- ‘As with most things that are currently popular, money is at the bottom of it all - breweries and advertisers being the real winners here.’
- ‘Greed is at the bottom of all the problems of the world.’
- ‘Either consciously or subconsciously, large numbers of people have so much of a problem that they are inventing a disease - and fear has to be at the bottom of that.’
- ‘Ambition, a determination to scale some height, seems to have been at the bottom of Disraeli's character.’
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