boil (something) down to (something)

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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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boil down to something

COMMON If you say that a situation or problem boils down to something, you mean that this is the most important aspect of it. What they want boils down to just one thing. It is land. His advice boiled down to remembering to `dress casually and stay alert'.
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What it all boils down to is that Terror is a band whose members have a deep knowledge and appreciation for the kind of music they play, and they play what they like.
What it all boils down to is basketball is basketball,'' Augustine said.
It all boils down to doing what's right and staying true to wonderful you
It all boils down to fundamental human issues of respect and kindness.
What it all boils down to is we have all the pieces to the puzzle.
Emergency access, that's what it all boils down to,'' Feng said.