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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Elsewhere, Rita asks Gemma to consider whether her sickness might be down to something other than alcohol.
So it sometimes ends up watering down to something that's not as spectacular as your original idea.
It could be hormonal, which is something she could ask her GP about, or it could be down to something external like stress at work.
"The engine of our growth comes down to something very simple: people," said Berger.
Choosing one is the essential first step in Berger's process, for the references she hones in on--setting no parameters for herself except "historical" and narrowing it down to something as specific as a 17th-century Chinese abacus--become the aesthetic touchstones that inform yet-to-be-realized pieces.
released stunning findings from a survey of cancer specialists that found that misdiagnosis in cancer was greatly underestimated, and that there is a pressing need for systemic changes to reduce misdiagnoses, from 15 percent to 28 percent of all medical cases, down to something much closer to zero.
Gannett on one hand systematically destroys its products by cutting them down to something close to useless, while also holding onto $1 billion on the bottom line.
British sports car maker Trident says it is down to something they call Torque Multiplication technology, a defining feature of the new Iceni Grand Tourer model.
LDP THE world may well speed past at lightning pace, but then slow down to something rather more sedate - and annoying - as the train comes anywhere near Liverpool.
Nina Goad, of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: "This means that for the majority of people, greying hair is not down to something you have done, but to genetic factors beyond your control, and that generally your lifestyle will not greatly impact on when your hair loses its colour." (ANI)
Professor Enright believes that at least 2,000 superbug deaths a year are still going unrecorded because 'a lot of people are never tested for these infections and their deaths are put down to something else'.
Expectations levels have finally come down to something like where they should be, which is nice.
At the end of the day, the arguments all seem to boil down to something similar: If it were more like me, the Republican Party would be better off.
"I'd be more sympathetic to a 35-year-old woman than someone in their 60s who has already had a family," she continued, "but this decision can't be down to something as arbitrary as the date on a birth certificate."
I also jumped in the Big Wood River and froze my wood down to something more like a button on a fur coat.