boil (something) down to (something)

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boil (something) down to (something)

To reduce or simplify (something) to the most basic, essential, or fundamental element(s). Your essay is far too long. Please try to cut out any superfluous text and boil it down to about 10 pages. The issue really boils down to whether customers will be willing to pay more for the same product or not.
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It can boil down to something parents have been telling their children for ages: Use your words, not your fists.
Such matters can boil down to something as simple as insufficient recognition of a job well done, or even the sense of a lack of control.
At the end of the day, the arguments all seem to boil down to something similar: If it were more like me, the Republican Party would be better off.
Can it really boil down to something as basic as hope?
Throughout his career, Chief Justice Wells keeps finding one legal truth: "The longer I'm here, the more I understand that [legal problems] all boil down to something, that's not a very complicated proposition, but you've got to figure out how to make it not complicated.
He claimed it may even boil down to something as trivial as an awkward glance or be based on who arrives last for breakfast.
But if we had only one shot, it might boil down to something as banal as be kind to one another.