it all boils down to

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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it all boils down to

it amounts to or is in essence.
Boiling down a liquid means reducing its volume and concentrating it by evaporation.
1998 Times And why are deals getting more complex? Unsurprisingly it all boils down to profit.
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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.
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So, it all boils down to this choice: to go abroad or not.
Bob Petersen, managing director at Greater Community Financial in Clifton, N.J., thinks it all boils down to a question of priorities.
It all boils down to cornering the block advertising revenue of the big entertainment conglomerates, but how many information sources do we really need to tell us that First Wives Club is playing in the theater down the street?
What It All Boils Down To. There is no clear winner in the Water Derby.