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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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Parer relayed results of the third, and most recent, study that he heard presented at a conference in Australia earlier this year.
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Et c'est pour parer a cette situation qu'il est propose de creer ce Fonds commun des associations, qui aura notamment pour taches de collecter fonds, aides, subventions et dons octroyes par le gouvernement marocain, les institutions internationales telles que l'ONU et d'autres donateurs, et d'en assurer la repartition et le suivi.
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Le ministere de la Defense nationale a souligne, jeudi, dans un communique, la promptitude de l'armee pour defendre l'integrite territoriale du pays et parer a toute eventuelle menace en allusion aux combats acharnes qui se poursuivaient en Libye.
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Parer said at a conference on obstetrics, gynecology, perinatal medicine, neonatology, and the law.
5 inch bird's beak parer, designed for cutting the eyes out of potatoes and creating garnishes, that will have a suggested retail of $42; a 10 inch bread knife to retail at $88 and two extra-wide chef's knives.
Lors d'une visite sur terrain a Kalaat El Andalous (gouvernorat de l'Ariana), Derouiche a ajoute que la campagne exceptionnelle sur les plages publiques, lancee hier mercredi, concomitamment dans 13 gouvernorats cotiers (Medenine, Gabes, Sfax, Mahdia, Monastir, Sousse, Nabeul, Ben Arous, Tunis, Ariana, Bizerte, Beja et Jendouba), vise a parer aux depassements qui peuvent gener les estivants sur les plages publiques.
Raising funds through commercial parer issues has been much cheaper than bank loans since the short term money market has reacted in sync with Reserve Bank of India's rate cuts while banks were unwilling to pass on the full benefit.
Les examens de cette annee ont ete marques, particulierement, par la mise en place d'une batterie de mesures visant a parer a toutes formules de tricherie.
Ce projet avait declenche la fureur de Moscou, qui l'avait qualifie de menace pour la securite a ses portes, bien que Washington ait insiste sur le fait que son objectif n'etait que de parer a la menace d'un eventuel tir de missile longue portee depuis l'Iran.
Il faudra donc encore une fois privilegier les combinaisons multiples, seule alternative afin de parer a toutes deconvenues dans ce genre d'epreuve.
Selon des donnees publiees par Express fm, le dispositif de securite touristique a ete renforce par le deploiement de 1500 policiers autour des entrees et alentours des hotels pour parer a d'eventuelles menaces terroristes ou criminelles, a-t-il dit.