- (intr) to be the essential element in something
- (tr) to summarize; reduce to essentials
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Words nearby boil down
Idioms and Phrases with boil down
Simplify, summarize, or shorten, as in John finally managed to boil his thesis down to 200 pages.
boil down to. Be reducible to basic elements, be equivalent to. For example, What this issue boils down to is that the council doesn't want to spend more money. These metaphoric usages allude to reducing and concentrating a substance by boiling off liquid. [Late 1800s]