Definition of be at the bottom of in English:

be at the bottom of

phrase

  • Be the basic cause or origin of (something)

    ‘he knew what was at the bottom of it—Jane wanted them to live together’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Daily Telegraph suggests personal animosity is at the bottom of the tug of war.’
    • ‘The information made him suspect that female skulduggery was at the bottom of it.’
    • ‘Greed is at the bottom of all the problems of the world.’
    • ‘As with most things that are currently popular, money is at the bottom of it all - breweries and advertisers being the real winners here.’
    • ‘I think we all share a vision of wonder that is at the bottom of all this.’
    • ‘The truth is that at the bottom, or the core, or heart - call it what you will - is nothingness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mrs Dunwiddy believed in economy, and pine-scented hard toilet paper was at the bottom of her economy drive.’