Definition of strike at the root (or roots) of in US English:

strike at the root (or roots) of

phrase

  • Affect in a vital area with potentially destructive results.

    ‘the proposals struck at the roots of community life’
    • ‘But, he went on to say that the recent events ‘are of far greater concern because they strike at the roots of our free society, one aspect of which is our market-driven economy’.’
    • ‘Others had more strident critiques of American society and envisioned radical social changes that struck at the root of inequality.’
    • ‘The objective is to strike at the root of psychosomatic problems.’
    • ‘Always suspicious to the point of paranoia, Constantius struck at the roots of conspiracy.’
    • ‘Connective aesthetics strikes at the root of this alienation by dissolving the mechanical division between self and the world that has prevailed during the modern epoch.’
    • ‘I see the ability to be alone in the wild as an achievement, something truly radical that strikes at the root of our increasingly presumptuous levels of socialization.’
    • ‘The elimination of the peasants' opposition, therefore, struck at the roots of the October Revolution.’
    • ‘Taken to the limit, of course, this line of reasoning would strike at the root of all empirical knowledge.’
    • ‘This is a poverty that strikes at the root of national prosperity.…’
    • ‘The Attorney-General's contention, if correct, strikes at the root of this basic principle.’