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phrasal verb [transitive] [never progressive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyboil down to
he/she/itboils down to
present participleboiling down to
past tenseboiled down to
past participleboiled down to
  1. boil down to something to be the main reason for something or the most basic part of something

    It's difficult to choose which appliance to buy, but in the end it usually boils down to cost.

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