be down to (something)

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be down to (something)

1. To be or be considered the essential or most important factor or thing. Our success is down to our persistence and precise planning.
2. To have something reduced to a minimal amount. I can't come with you tonight. I'm down to my last dollar, I'm afraid. We're down to the last two days of the competition, so be sure to enter for your chance to win!
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However, many parents are simply unaware or don't make the connection that the reason that their child might be struggling to read and write, and therefore develop, could be down to something as straightforward as a problem with their eyes.
released stunning findings from a survey of cancer specialists that found that misdiagnosis in cancer was greatly underestimated, and that there is a pressing need for systemic changes to reduce misdiagnoses, from 15 percent to 28 percent of all medical cases, down to something much closer to zero.
Is it possible that it has caused countless upset stomachs and vomiting that has been put down to something else?
British sports car maker Trident says it is down to something they call Torque Multiplication technology, a defining feature of the new Iceni Grand Tourer model.
LDP THE world may well speed past at lightning pace, but then slow down to something rather more sedate - and annoying - as the train comes anywhere near Liverpool.
While lapping my monster ice-cream I came across monster rock, monster T-shirts, monster toys and books and postcards plus a monster exhibition, all down to something no-one has ever proved existed.
Nina Goad, of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: "This means that for the majority of people, greying hair is not down to something you have done, but to genetic factors beyond your control, and that generally your lifestyle will not greatly impact on when your hair loses its colour.
Professor Enright believes that at least 2,000 superbug deaths a year are still going unrecorded because 'a lot of people are never tested for these infections and their deaths are put down to something else'.
She said: "Our special relationship was down to something very simple - we're friends.
But if it comes down to something that will unduly affect already hard-pressed retailers then we will go into battle.
Expectations levels have finally come down to something like where they should be, which is nice.
Having struggled against much classier opposition last time, the seven-year-old is back down to something like his ideal level and a strong challenge is expected.
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.
I'd be more sympathetic to a 35-year-old woman than someone in their 60s who has already had a family," she continued, "but this decision can't be down to something as arbitrary as the date on a birth certificate.
There is no indication to suggest that this is down to something like excessive speed.