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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boil down to something

 
1. and boil down Lit. [for a liquid] to be condensed to something by boiling. Boil this mixture down to about half of what it was.
2. Fig. [for a complex situation] to be reduced to its essentials. It boils down to the question of who is going to win. It boils down to a very minor matter.
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boil down to something

COMMON If you say that a situation or problem boils down to something, you mean that this is the most important aspect of it. What they want boils down to just one thing. It is land. His advice boiled down to remembering to `dress casually and stay alert'.
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it all boils down to

it amounts to or is in essence.
Boiling down a liquid means reducing its volume and concentrating it by evaporation.
1998 Times And why are deals getting more complex? Unsurprisingly it all boils down to profit.
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