boils down to

 Essence; most important considerations.
 ► “ It essentially boils down to the company’s size and financial strength, embodied in its triple-A rating - a coveted designation that grows rarer almost by the month.” (Investment Dealers Digest, May 29, 1995, p. 14)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • what it boils down to — what it really means, the bottom line    What it boils down to is this: we don t have enough money …   English idioms

  • boil down — verb 1. be the essential element (Freq. 1) The proposal boils down to a compromise • Syn: ↑reduce, ↑come down • Derivationally related forms: ↑reducible (for: ↑reduc …   Useful english dictionary

  • boil down to — COME DOWN TO, amount to, add up to, be in essence. → boil * * * boil down to (figurative) To mean, to signify when reduced to essentials • • • Main Entry: ↑boil * * * ˌboil ˈdown to [transitive] never progressive [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • boil down to — phrasal verb [transitive, never progressive] Word forms boil down to : present tense I/you/we/they boil down to he/she/it boils down to present participle boiling down to past tense boiled down to past participle boiled down to boil down to… …   English dictionary

  • boil down — PHR V ERG 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. [V P n (not pron)] He boils down red wine and uses what s left... [V P] …   English dictionary

  • boil down to — PHR V ERG 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. [V P P n] What they want boils down to just… …   English dictionary

  • boil down to sth phrasal — verb (transitive not in progressive) informal if a long statement, argument etc boils down to something, that is the main point or cause: What it boils down to, is that no one is willing to take on that kind of responsibility …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • come down — verb 1. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way (Freq. 14) The temperature is going down The barometer is falling The curtain fell on the diva Her hand went up and then fell again • Syn: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • boil down — phrasal verb Word forms boil down : present tense I/you/we/they boil down he/she/it boils down present participle boiling down past tense boiled down past participle boiled down 1) [intransitive/transitive] to become smaller in quantity after… …   English dictionary

  • boil down — v. 1) (d; intr.) to boil down to (it all boils down to one simple fact) 2) (D; tr.) to boil down to (she boiled the whole story down to one paragraph) * * * [ bɔɪl daʊn] (d; intr.) to boil down to (it all boil downs down to one simple fact) (D;… …   Combinatory dictionary


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