Definition of come down to in US English:

come down to

phrasal verb

  • (of a situation or outcome) be dependent on (a specified factor)

    ‘it came down to her word against Guy's’
    • ‘I guess a lot of it comes down to what you really expected to see when you entered the theater.’
    • ‘We had been told that in the last part of the race it would come down to who wanted it more.’
    • ‘In my view the outcome will come down to who wants the victory most, and I feel we do.’
    • ‘If one listens to those in the industry, it comes down to who is getting the grants, and for what.’
    • ‘It amazes me how some people can be so selfish, and that's what it all comes down to.’
    • ‘But effectively it's coming down to where the teacher meets his or her student in the classroom.’
    • ‘I think that it really comes down to what trousers you were wearing with the shirt.’
    • ‘I had enough money in the bank to buy gas, food, and perhaps rent a dog sled if it came down to that.’
    • ‘Given the soft ground, in the end it will come down to which horse is fittest and wants it most.’
    • ‘The last federal election came down to literally a handful of votes in some ridings.’
    amount to, add up to, constitute, be tantamount to, approximate to, boil down to, be equivalent to, comprise, count as
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