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Idiom of the week – Boil down

Posted by englishlessons on January 8, 2014

Definition:

reduce a problem to its essentials

Examples:

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 it:

Picture boiling down a liquid so that it becomes more concentrated.

TOEFL® Tip:

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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