Boil down to

Boil down to

Literal definition: boil + down (to) = to reduce or cook by boiling, from a liquid state to a less liquid state

She boiled the broth down to a syrup.

The recipe says you need to boil down the mixture to 2/3 the volume.

 

Figurative definition 1: boil down to = to explain or reduce to the most essential elements

It boils down to doing what is best for the client, not the company.

Making a good application boils down to making life easier or more fun for people.

 

18/02/2016Level - difficulty 2Great BritainVideo2 min