Definition of strike at the root or roots of in English:

strike at the root (or roots) of

Affect in a vital area with potentially destructive results: the proposals struck at the roots of community life
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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’.
  • The objective is to strike at the root of psychosomatic problems.
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Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict