Idiom of the week – Boil down
Posted by englishlessons on January 8, 2014
reduce a problem to its essentials
The problem boiled down to a disagreement over privacy rights.
We had number of arguments over the years and everything finally boiled down to one issue.
Picture boiling down a liquid so that it becomes more concentrated.
Note that “boiled down” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.
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