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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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In fact, all wealth building strategies boil down to the first principle of DOFE: to save 10% to 15% of your after-tax income.
For 2 cups orange juice--or for blueberries, plums, or peaches (you should have about 2 cups puree)--use 4-1/2 cups sugar, 3 cups water, and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice; boil down to 5-1/4 cups.
There are two things that have remained the same for Schulweis over the years: not having enough time for others and himself, and that of all questions he gets asked the majority boil down to relationships and emotional life.
Trading options can often boil down to a simple speculation: you buy a put or a call in the hope of a quick but sizable gain.
But on closer examination those reasons boil down to the three fundamental principles of real estate: Location.
And even if they are too smart for the show, the actors do manage to make the thing a credible satire of achieving the second-generation dream - which seems to boil down to copping good chronic and shilling for third-rate fast food, dude.