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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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In the fantasizing and planning stages for more than three years, Dancing in the Millennium boiled down to a joint conference of: Congress on Research in Dance (CORD); Dance Critics Association (DCA); National Dance Association (NDA); and Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), with the participation of fifteen other partner associations.
Unbearably poignant to see how a life can be boiled down to a bagful of possessions.
Boiled down to basics, his philosophy involves reducing your debt load to zero, and become a conserver rather than a consumer.
`My questions boiled down to three basic points,' he says.
Powered by gases under pressure, huge chunks of the lava dome boiled down the mountain as a pyroclastic flow, a scalding avalanche.
It basically boiled down to the fact that I didn't ask enough questions.
Fearing this, American business leaders adopted a view of government that boiled down to "See you in court." In response, U.S.
It boiled down to whether or not government was prepared to put up any new money for reinvestment.
With my two masters and a doctorate in education, I thought it was made from boiled down milk and turkey," says Hart.
'We have a good chance of winning that game but in the end, it just boiled down to one free throw,' he said, citing Robert Bolick's split from the free throw line in the last 1.5 seconds of the first overtime period which could have decided the game.
Last year LaserMonks grossed about $500,000 in sales, which boiled down to a $30,000 profit.