ergative phrasal verb & phrasal verb → boil 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 one thing. It is land. [be V-ed P P n] ⇒ For Malcolm work could always be boiled down to one idea: being good in business.
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