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The meaning and origin of the expression: The root of the matter

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The root of the matter

What's the meaning of the phrase 'The root of the matter'?

The essential or inner part of something.

What's the origin of the phrase 'The root of the matter'?

From the Bible, Job 19:28 (King James Version):

But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the Root of the matter is found in me?

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