to get to the bottom of something



Idiom Definition

"to get to the bottom of something"

to investigate and thereby discover the basic underlying meaning or purpose or reason for something

Idiom Definition - to get to the bottom of something

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to get to the bottom of something

Two friends are chatting ...

Friend 1:  I heard today that a glass of red wine every day is good for your health.

Friend 2:  You know, I've heard that before.  I wonder if it's true.

Friend 1:  Let's do some research on the Internet and see if we can discover the truth.

Friend 2:  Good idea!  I'd like to get to the bottom of this.  A glass of wine a day sounds good to me.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to get to the bottom of something

Two supervisors are standing next to a stopped production line on a factory floor ...

Supervisor 1:  Frank told me that a mechanic left a wrench in the machinery after some routine maintenance.

Supervisor 2:  That is a fairly serious allegation.  The mechanic will lose his job if it's true.

Supervisor 1:  Well, it's going to be very difficult to prove the cause of the failure and even more difficult to prove that it was actually the mechanic who left the wrench or even if it was the wrench that caused the failure.

Supervisor 2:  We really need to get to the bottom of this issue because we don't want it happening again.  A loss of production like this costs the company far too much money.





to get to the bottom of something - Usage:

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to get to the bottom of something - Gerund Form:

Getting to the bottom of a difficult problem can be very satisfying.


to get to the bottom of something - Examples:

1)  I get to the bottom of every issue that I am given.

2)  You get to the bottom of every allegation of wrongdoing you receive.

3)  He gets to the bottom of problems right away.

4)  She gets to the bottom of the truth every time.

5)  The corporation gets to the bottom of all competitor claims.

6)  We get to the bottom of a patient's feelings before we recommend a treatment.

7)  You (all) get to the bottom of complaints before passing them to your supervisor.

8)  They get to the bottom of the meaning of survey results before publishing them.

9)  What no one ever teaches you is how to get to the bottom of the story.

10)  It may take a couple of months but they will get to the bottom of it.

11)  I was going to get to the bottom of this once and for all

12) Perhaps they can get to the bottom of whether that electromagnet episode would have been possible in the real world. 

13)  Hopefully, the county investigators will get to the bottom of this to dispel any suspicion that a political motivation drove the alleged attack.

14)  The family hopes police will get to the bottom of what happened.

15)  Someone needs to get to the bottom of this waste of taxpayer money.

16)  Obama said he is committed to getting to the bottom of the Benghazi attack and cooperating with Congress to get lawmakers information.

17)  We're getting to the bottom of the most pressing issues facing Americans in the housing market.

18)  This block is about really getting to the bottom of why my marriage ended or perhaps why it even started in the first place.

19)  Julia gets to the bottom of Mon's refusal to go swimming.

20)  I really hope someone gets to the bottom of this, its not okay.