- v. intransitive To become reduced (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action).
- v. transitive To reduce (to the most central elements or ingredients: to the essence, core, or implication for action).
- v. transitive and intransitive Used other than as an idiom: see boil, down.
- v. be cooked until very little liquid is left
- v. cook until very little liquid is left
- v. be the essential element
- As an allusion to the technique of reduction or decreasing liquid content of food by boiling much of its water off. (Wiktionary)
“Some would be eaten at once, fresh as they were, some Brother Petrus would boil down into a preserve thick and dark as cakes of poppy-seed, and some would be laid out on racks in the drying house to wrinkle and crystallise into gummy sweetness.”
“I learned several important lessons from my one-day visit to medical school, but they all boil down to the simple teaching method that Dr. Berguson had mentioned to me earlier: “Watch one, do one, teach one.””
“All it might boil down to is that Chancellor and Cadmus’s little cutting club had two more members than we thought.”
“However, on occasions when I have said this, the people with the revolution complex shout slogans to tell me I am all manner of bad things, which evidently boil down to someone who does not like dead bodies stinking with their guts spilled out — to which I plead guilty, guilty, guilty, and proud to be guilty in the face of the vicious Grin.”
“-- First give an emetic of gulver and wild ipecacuanha, or Indian physic, prepared as follows: Take two ounces of gulver root, and one ounce of ipecac, or Indian physic, (the root) put them in one gallon of water, and boil down to a half pint, and give this in half gill doses at intervals of fifteen minutes, until vomiting is produced.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
“One writer has even said: “I should be inclined to regard it almost as a touchstone or criterion of an author's being classi - fiable as an Existentialist, that a reader may get impa - tient and accuse him of gross exaggeration and preten - tiousness; that the reader may be inclined to deflate him and ` boil down 'what he seems to be saying to some true but absolutely platitudinous remark” (Mary”
“When they'd had their tea, she could boil down a couple of the fruit-cakes in the pot.”
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