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cut to the bone

1. To cut or slice something deeply. A noun can be used between "cut" and "to." Your arm is cut to the bone—you definitely need to go to the emergency room! Mom asked me to cut the meat to the bone.
2. To reduce or decrease something significantly. A noun can be used between "cut" and "to." The arts program at my alma mater has been cut to the bone. Our department needs to cut our spending to the bone this quarter.
See also: bone, cut

pare (something) to the bone

To reduce or decrease something significantly. A noun can be used between "pare" and "to." The arts program at my alma mater has been pared to the bone. Our department needs to pare our spending to the bone this quarter.
See also: bone, pare

cut something to the bone

 
1. Lit. to slice deep to a bone. The knife cut John to the bone. He had to be sewed up. Cut each slice of ham to the bone. Then each slice will be as big as possible.
2. Fig. to cut down severely (on something). (To the bone emphasizes the severity of the cutting.) We cut our expenses to the bone and are still losing money. Congress had to cut expenditures to the bone in order to balance the budget.
See also: bone, cut

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 to the bone

Severely reduced, as in During the Depression Grandmother's housekeeping money was cut to the bone. The phrase to the bone, literally meaning "through the flesh to the inmost part or core," dates from about 1400. This expression in effect means that everything extraneous has been cut away so that only bone remains.
See also: bone, cut

cut to the bone

COMMON If resources or costs are cut to the bone, they are reduced as much as they possibly can be. We managed to break even by cutting costs to the bone. Note: Verbs such as pare, shave, and strip are sometimes used instead of cut. The universities feel they have already been pared to the bone by government cuts. Eric had taken on the competition by shaving his running costs to the bone and offering the lowest prices possible.
See also: bone, cut

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

v.
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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Los paneles deben tener una sustancia adhesiva en la parte posterior, para su adhesion perfecta a la pared o tabla base.
Si la intimidad es la viscera de la pared, y la pared la protege, detras de todo conjunto de paredes puede haber un misterio, cuya glandula invisible se constrine, se apaga y precipita en los derrumbamientos, cada vez que hay un sismo.
Si eres de las que salen a la calle en bici y no sabes donde guardarla sin que ocupe la mitad de espacio de la terraza compra unos soportes para ponerla en la pared.
El diagnostico prenatal de los defectos de pared se realiza por ecografia obstetrica despues de la semana 12 de gestacion, cuando la herniacion fisiologica del intestino debe reducirse.
1) Altura de aparicion de los agrietamientos respecto a la base de la pared considerada.
La tuberculosis traqueobronquial se caracteriza por engrosamiento concentrico de la pared con estrechez irregular del lumen y puede asociarse a mediastinitis y/o adenomegalias mediastinales.
En la etapa 2, sin realizar trabajo, su coloca una pared que divide la caja en dos partes iguales.
Las aneurismas son estructuras de pared muy delgada y la ruptura ocurre principalmente en la region del domo de la aneurisma y puede ser explicado en parte por el debilitamiento de las propiedades mecanicas de la pared en esa region (Humphrey y Canham, 2000).
Eso no me dio miedo, mas bien me causo gracia, solo que ahora no se como traspasar esta pared para cerrar la llave y que no se humedezca mas mi larga cabellera.
Para ello se disenan dos rutinas, una para seguir una pared por el lado izquierdo y otra por el lado derecho.
The euro pared losses against the dollar after Mersch's remarks.
Solo un caso fue intervenido quirurgicamente con la tecnica usual de reseccion y liberacion del canal mediante incision de la pared anterior del mismo.
Estos parasitos utilizan los ganchos para fijarse a la pared intestinal de diversas especies de huespedes*, entre ellos el ser humano.