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English definition of “get to the bottom of something”

get to the bottom of something

to discover the real but sometimes hidden reason that something exists or happens: Investigators are trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong.
(Definition of get to the bottom of something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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