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down to (someone or something)

Including everyone or everything in a group or list. The person or thing stated is usually a minor aspect. She's obsessing about every aspect of wedding planning, down to the shade of the ink on the invitations.
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down to somebody/something

even including the last item of a whole list of people or things: Everybody was affected by the economic crisis, from the president down to the poorest citizen.She’s thought of everything down to the tiniest details!
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If we are going down to somebody that's a very deserving and well fought game.
If I see somebody bullying or being rude or speaking down to somebody, I will stand up and stick up for them."
If I see somebody bullying or being rude or speaking down to somebody I will stand up and stick up for them."
Like, Wow, we're down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical."
"That y'all must be running out of people," the Oklahoma-born singer told when he found out he was People Magazine's pick, "Like, Wow, we're down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical."
"It was down to somebody at school who had gone along one night with friends to the cadets at North Shields and told me how interesting it was," he says.
Brian, who joined the cadets at 14, said: "It was down to somebody at school who had gone along one night with friends to the cadets at North Shields and told me how interesting it was.
But suddenly you can understand how British athletes feel when they work so hard for four years to prepare for an Olympics, are run out of the medals, and then find out afterwards it was down to somebody else taking banned substances.
"On the defensive end, we stuck her in in the second half, and she immediately got a steal and tossed it down to somebody for a layup.
And although they could hardly be expected to top that, A Day At The Races was anything but an anti-climax with tracks ranging from Tie Your Mother Down to Somebody To Love underlining the extraordinary breadth of their talent.
''The idea that I would back down to somebody intent on green-mailing me with a totally fictitious and malicious and vexatious is absurd,'' he said.
"It is not something we are going to concern ourselves with as the bet was put on in plenty of time and there were no irregularities, so it comes down to somebody's personal preferences."
"So every defeat we suffer is my fault and every victory is down to somebody else - is that what you're saying?
"You hope for the best in these situations but at the end of the day the decision is down to somebody else," he says.
It then comes down to somebody who is going to be good at doing the job.