"Get down to bedrock" nghĩa là gì?

Bạn có muốn tìm hiểu căn nguyên bức tượng đá* này? Photo courtesy William Murphy.

'Get down to bedrock' có từ bed-rock là đá gốc, đá móng, nền tảng; vì thế cụm từ này nghĩa là tìm hiểu đến căn nguyên của sự việc (come to business, get down to brass tacks).

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The absence of democracy is seldom good news for women. Or, to get down to bedrock, if women can't vote for women, then they haven't got many weapons to fight with when they seek justice.

"If you take an A4 piece of paper and hold it up, how long does it take for that much (about 30cm) topsoil (tầng đất mặt, lớp đất cay) to be formed? Seven thousand years. If you get down to bedrock, it’s gone. The threat to our arable (trồng trọt được, canh tác được) land is critical," he says.

When you get down to bedrock, a great deal of liberal commentariat’s current confidence in the Democratic coalition’s durability rests on the assumption that the Republican Party will remain a mess — divided against itself along ideological lines, imprisoned by litmus tests (yếu tố quyết định, câu hỏi đặt ra cho một chính trị gia tiềm năng) and its own forms of identity unpopular, and wedded to an unpopular policy agenda.

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* Merrion Square - Oscar Wilde by Danny Osborne.

To avoid confusion this is not the statue of Oscar. This nude is located in front of the Oscar Wilde statue.

Merrion Square is a Georgian square on the southside of Dublin city centre. It was laid out after 1762 and was largely complete by the beginning of the 19th century. It is considered one of Dublin's finest surviving squares. Three sides are lined with Georgian redbrick townhouses; the West side abuts the grounds of Leinster House, Government Buildings, the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery. The central railed-off garden is now a public park.

The park in the square was until recently officially named "Archbishop Ryan Park", after Dermot Ryan, the Catholic archbishop who transferred ownership to the city...
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