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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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Parers were discounted: they were just trying to complete the task at hand as quickly as possible.
Parer relayed results of the third, and most recent, study that he heard presented at a conference in Australia earlier this year.
Amanda Parer was awarded $11,144 to exhibit her work at the Asia Contemporary Arts Show in Hong Kong in May 2014.
Netanyahu) n'est pas vraiment interesse a construire pour les Juifs: il cherche uniquement a se parer d'une aura de droite pour arracher des suffrages" a ses rivaux de la droite radicale, estime Aryeh King, un puissant bailleur de fonds de la colonisation.
5-inch santoku parer knife, an 8-inch sharpening steel, a kitchen shear and six KitchenAid-stamped 4.
Julian Parer said at a meeting on antepartum and intrapartum management sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco.
Malheureusement au lieu de parer a l'urgence, les responsables du site continuent a faire montre de laxisme.
Et d'ajouter, [beaucoup moins que]nous avons mis en place un fonds de developpement de 10 millions DH[beaucoup plus grand que] pour parer au plus presse.
Le licencie du Daytona Beach Speed Swimming, age de 28 ans, detient desormais les records sur 100m, 200m et 400m (battu vendredi) 4-nages en petit bassin, et on ne voyait pas qui pouvait l'empecher de se parer d'or avant-hier dimanche.
The line includes a chef knife, slicer, parer and bread knife.
Nous devons bien preparer le match retour pour parer a toute eventualite [beaucoup plus grand que].
Selon le parlementaire Abdellatif Ouammou, membre du groupe de l'Alliance socialiste, la proposition d'amendement des articles 475 du code penal a pour but de renforcer la protection des enfants et des femmes et de parer aux consequences nefastes des crimes d'enlevement ou de detournement suivis de viols, puis de mariage de la fille violee a son violeur.
En attendant, les ministres des Finances vont donc parer au plus presse, en commencant par definir les conditions accompagnant l'aide aux banques espagnoles.
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.