be down to (one)

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be down to (one)

To be someone's duty, decision, or responsibility. After your father retires, it will be down to you to lead the company. So I guess it's down to me then.
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be down to something

COMMON If something is down to something else, the second thing is the cause of the first. When you are asked to score goals, then a lot is down to confidence and Kevin has that. I think that the show's popularity is down to two things.
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be down to somebody/something

(informal)
1 be caused by a particular person or thing: She claimed her problems were down to the media.Our defeat in last week’s game is down to the goalkeeper, who played very badly.
2 be the responsibility of somebody: It’s down to you to check the doors and windows before we leave.
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be down to something

have nothing except one or a few items of the kind mentioned: I’m down to my last penny.
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But Lambert (above), who won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and four Scottish titles with Celtic, retorted: "For another manager to come out saying such stupid things is annoying and I won't lie down to someone who has never played at the top level."
"Until a judge is standing in the shoes of a parent who has lost their child, it is very hard when you have to hear such a minimal sentence handed down to someone who has destroyed your life.
For more call 09050 700 442 Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22 A MONEY matter isn't going the way you'd like - and it's down to someone who hasn't been as vigilant as they should have been in getting the money to you.
In the same spirit, the trials of the Russian space station Mir have been put down to someone knocking the nails in crooked, and of course, browsing the news archives, there seems to be an abundance of Bill Gates-related spoof articles.
But Gwent Police said they believed the stunt was down to someone hacking into the web site rather than a terrorist threat.
"We've had all sorts of things go on and we report them to the Chief Superintendent in Solihull and he passes it down to someone who passes it down and nothing gets done.
Denise Robertson, despite her self-styled guru knowledge, failed to understand this word, which is sometimes used in Wales by the more bombastic among us when talking down to someone in a would-be intimidating manner.
What's the point of being tied down to someone in a relationship that isn't even fun?
Nawal has decided to produce her own music in the future rather than be tied down to someone Else's guidelines.
MARK STEWART confessed his early opener for Dumbarton may have been down to someone else.
"You can talk down to someone, or go over the top - that's disrespect.
Whatever name one applies charity, socialism, assistance it still boils down to someone needing help and what the response should be to that call for help.