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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What it all boils down to is that Terror is a band whose members have a deep knowledge and appreciation for the kind of music they play, and they play what they like.
What it all boils down to is basketball is basketball,'' Augustine said.
It all boils down to doing what's right and staying true to wonderful you
It all boils down to fundamental human issues of respect and kindness.
What it all boils down to is we have all the pieces to the puzzle.
Emergency access, that's what it all boils down to,'' Feng said.