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Idiom
strike at the root of the trouble
get to the root of the problem
 
 
Meaning
solve a problem by getting to its main source
 
 
Usage
This approach cannot be accepted, it doesn't strike at the root of the trouble; it leaves the door open for problems in the future.
 
 
Story
The expression 釜底抽薪 literally means to stop the soup from boiling, take away the firewood from under the pot. It comes from a story about a fight between Hou Jing and his friend's son Gao Cheng after the Northern Wei Dynasty split into two states.
 
 
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