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what is the meaning of this---His success was down to being in the right place at the right time

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  • what is the meaning of this--His success was down to being in the right place at the right time Mar 25, 2019 at 6:46
  • i don;t understand this statement ... help me kaushik bhai Mar 25, 2019 at 6:47
  • “Down to” was probably “due to” in the original. With this change, a dictionary will be enough.
    – Xanne
    Mar 25, 2019 at 6:59
  • no dictionary describe that down to is equal to 'due to" Mar 25, 2019 at 7:06
  • What do you think “down to” means, then?
    – Xanne
    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:28

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to really simplify it, in this case "down to." replaces the word because.

it is because he was in the right place at the right time that he was successfull.

it's just another way of writting the same thing.

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According to Oxford Dictionary (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/):

"be down to

1) be attributable to (a particular factor or circumstance)

he claimed his problems were down to the media

2) be the responsibility of (a particular person)

it's down to you to make sure the boiler receives regular servicing

3) be left with only (the specified amount)

I'm down to my last few pounds"

I think the last meaning is appropriate.

Then your sentence can be understood as

"His only success was being in the right place at the right time"

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