Definition of get to the bottom of in English:

get to the bottom of

phrase

  • Find an explanation for (a mystery)

    ‘the health authority was determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong’
    • ‘They're not quite able to do all these things, but you can be sure that Tom gets to the bottom of the Claire mystery.’
    • ‘Anyway, with the hopes of getting to the bottom of the house buzzing mystery, I typed up a letter to the residents of the building and dropped it in their mail slot.’
    • ‘In all the time that he was here I never really felt that I got to the bottom of what made him tick.’
    • ‘Two days later, investigators were still trying to get to the bottom of what actually sparked the blaze.’
    • ‘The most important thing that the family did ask was to ensure that we got to the bottom of what exactly happened at the plant.’
    • ‘Like Larry Tate in Bewitched, which ran on ABC at the same time, the senior man in I Dream Of Jeannie never quite got to the bottom of all the mysteries surrounding his underling.’
    • ‘We're going to do a real investigation here, spend some substantial, significant time with him getting to the bottom of what happened and how he escaped.’
    • ‘I decided to do my own mini-analysis to get to the bottom of the hotel ranking mystery.’
    • ‘I'm going to try to understand the various important issues, and try to get to the bottom of what's true and what's not.’
    • ‘Unfortunately whether or not John McLaurin got to the bottom of the mystery of Volusia County is something the memos cannot tell us.’
    origin, cause, root, source, starting point, core, centre, heart, kernel, base, basis, foundation
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