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come down to

1. To amount to something (usually the most important or crucial aspect of something). In this usage, "to" is typically followed by a thing or idea. It's a great offer, but my decision comes down to salary, to be honest with you. With rents skyrocketing, it all comes down to how much you want to keep living in this part of town.
2. To visit some place, often a location that is lower or farther south than one's starting point. In this usage, "to" is followed by a place. Our Canadian relatives are coming down to our house in California for a few days. Can you come down to the basement to help me for a second?
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come down to something

to be reduced to something; to amount to no more than something. It comes down to whether you want to go to the movies or stay at home and watch television. It came down to either getting a job or going to college.
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come down to (something)

to be recognized as the most important thing It comes down to simply teaching the basics to these kids--they don't know anything.
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come down to

Also, come right down to. Amount to or be reduced to, as in It all comes down to a matter of who was first in line, or When it comes right down to it, you have to admit he was mistaken. [Late 1800s] Also see boil down, def. 2.
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come down to

1. To confront or deal with forthrightly: When you come right down to it, you have to admit I'm correct.
2. To amount to in essence: It comes down to this: the man is a cheat.
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