when it comes to

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when it comes to

Also, if or when it comes right down to. As regards, when the situation entails. For example, When it comes to renting or buying, you'll spend about the same amount. It is also put as when it comes down to it or that, as in If it comes right down to it, they said you could visit any time you're able to, or When it comes to that, we can lend you the fare. This idiom uses come to in the sense of "amount to" or "be equivalent to." [Second half of 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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