boil down
verb Date: 1731 transitive verb 1. to reduce in bulk by boiling 2. condense, summarize <
boil down a report
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intransitive verb 1. to undergo reduction in bulk by boiling 2. a. to be equivalent in summary ; amount <
his speech boiled down to a plea for more money
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b. to reduce ultimately <
your choices boil down to three
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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