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pare something down (to something)

to cut someone down to something or a smaller size. I will have to pare the budget down to the minimum. I hope we can pare down the budget. After much arguing, we pared it down.
See also: down, pare

pare something off (of) something

 and pare something off
to cut something off something.(Of is usually retained before pronouns.) See if you can pare a bit of this extra wood off the edge of the base of this pillar. Pare off some of the wood.
See also: off, pare

cut, pare, etc. something to the ˈbone

reduce something to the point where no further reduction is possible: We have cut the costs of the business to the bone, but they are still too high for us to make any profit.
See also: bone, something

pare down

1. To reduce the size of something by cutting or shaving off its outer layers; trim something: I pared down the tiles so that they would fit snugly together. The pegs were too big for the hole, so I pared them down with a pocketknife.
2. To reduce the size or amount of something by gradually taking away parts of it: We should pare down the supplies we keep in our storage room until we have only what we absolutely need. The article was too long, and it took me a long time to pare it down.
See also: down, pare
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Summary: While US stock market futures are still down ahead of the 9:30 EDT open, they pared some of their losses this morning on news that Mitsubishi UFJ - Japan's.
To make ends meet last year, the district pared back its spending and did not fill some vacant administrative and classified positions.
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DOUGLAS McGRATH'S ``Nicholas Nickleby'' does Dickens as it should be done cinematically - pared down, punchy and brimming with the kinds of black-hearted scoundrels, generous heroes and strange fringe characters that make the classic author's works such a joy to this day.
We use that designation because McGrath has meticulously pared down the epic novel, focusing entirely on its title character's journey, in order to make a 130-minute movie.
1 as the largest and most powerful record conglomerate in the industry - means artist rosters will be pared down and familiar labels such as Island, Mercury, Motown, Geffen, London and A&M cut back to mere skeleton crews in order to save millions in worldwide costs.
Each of the four main record groups is expected to be pared down to around 100 acts and less than 200 employees.
TI said the jobs - about 8 percent of its payroll - would be pared through layoffs as well as attrition.
They (will) take what's pared down to the public,'' DeVine said.
He declined to give any specific reasons why the MBIA stake was pared.