English version

boil down

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishboil down phrasal verb1 boil down to something informal if a long statement, argument etc boils down to a single statement, that statement is the main point or cause It boils down to a question of priorities.2 boil something ↔ downREDUCE to make a list or piece of writing shorter by not including anything that is not necessary You can boil this down so that there are just two main categories.3 DFCif a food or liquid boils down, or if you boil it down, it becomes less after it is cooked Spinach tends to boil down a lot.boil something ↔ down glue made from boiling down old sheepskins boil→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
boil down to somethingTackling these more stubborn obstacles will boil down to better schools and plain old dollars and cents.But by any measure, the Republican presidential campaign right now boils down to Dole and Forbes.The real problem boils down to identifying the nature of the problem itself.The Grid boils down to only five behaviour patterns - the four extremes and the middle one.Love boils down to pheromones, it says.To Smolan, the decision to leave so late in the game boiled down to quality.Honestly, it does all just boil down to the need to learn something.In the end, the case will boil down to whether the jury believes Smith or not.It boils down to whether you think the extra features and quality are worth the extra money.
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Verb table
boil
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyboil
he, she, itboils
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyboiled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave boiled
he, she, ithas boiled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad boiled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill boil
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have boiled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam boiling
he, she, itis boiling
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you, we, theyare boiling
Past
I, he, she, itwas boiling
you, we, theywere boiling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been boiling
he, she, ithas been boiling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been boiling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be boiling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been boiling
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