boil down

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To become reduced (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action)

So what this boils down to is that you still owe me that fifty bucks.

To reduce (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action)

My dissertation is 342 pages long, and I'm required to boil it down to a one-page abstract?!?.

{f} diminish via boiling; be reduced to, come down to
be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
When you boil down a liquid or food, or when it boils down, it is boiled until there is less of it because some of the water in it has changed into steam or vapour. He boils down red wine and uses what's left = reduce
be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup
cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
boil down to something
1. [for a liquid] to be condensed to something by boiling. 2. Fig. [for a complex situation] to be reduced to its essentials
boil down to
If you say that a situation or problem boils down to a particular thing or can be boiled down to a particular thing, you mean that this is the most important or the most basic aspect of it. What they want boils down to just one thing. It is land = amount to
boil down to
{f} amount to, come down to, result in; reduce by boiling
boil down
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