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boil down

1. Literally, to reduce the amount of a liquid in a container through boiling. A noun can be used between "boil" and "down" or after "down." You'll get a better, more condensed flavor when you boil down the stock. The sauce will thicken when you boil it down.
2. 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 something down

 
1. Lit. to condense or thicken something, such as a liquid. I have to boil this gravy down for a while before I can serve it. You boil down the sauce and I'll set the table.
2. Fig. to reduce a problem to its simple essentials. If we could boil this problem down to its essentials, we might be able to solve it. We don't have time to boil down this matter. This is too urgent.
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boil down

1. Simplify, summarize, or shorten, as in John finally managed to boil his thesis down to 200 pages.
2. boil down to. Be reducible to basic elements, be equivalent to. For example, What this issue boils down to is that the council doesn't want to spend more money. These metaphoric usages allude to reducing and concentrating a substance by boiling off liquid. [Late 1800s]
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boil down

v.
1. To make an amount of liquid or food less in quantity or more concentrated by boiling it: You can boil down the leftover juices and make a nice sauce. The soup seemed thin, so I boiled it down.
2. To condense something to its bare essentials; summarize: I boiled down my long report into a short two-page report. This plan is too long for me to read; can you boil it down for me?
3. To have something as a basic or root cause: All of the complaints at work boil down to a lack of good leadership.
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That's already the case in the best-actor category, where an unmanageable field of about 10 great performances had to be boiled down to four and whatever Johnny Depp thought he was doing.
In addition, ManageSite supports virtualization and management of groups of servers to schedule routine operations and enable upgrades to these groups of servers to be boiled down to a single click without logging into individual servers.
I would hate to see everything boiled down to a quantitative score that's stamped on your head somewhere.
For Dean, closing the dormant 25-year-old case boiled down to a fresh perspective and new vigor.
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SIMI VALLEY - At the end of a long, grueling day for the Westlake High girls' volleyball team at the Royal Invitational on Saturday, it finally boiled down to not enough energy and too much Talaya Whitfield.
According to EBN, "The strategies of many of this year's winning companies often boiled down to well-calculated plans to diversify into complementary markets while continuing to make acquisitions and other key investments.
It's about being attuned to the rhythms and patterns of the environment, if it must be boiled down to a simple explanation.
Integration has become a science that can to some degree be boiled down to flowcharts and decision-making processes.
s plan for growth has long boiled down to: Let well-connected developers have their way, then deal with the consequences later.