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cheese-paring

Actions that highlight one's unwillingness or reluctance to spend money. Primarily heard in UK. Get used to her cheese-paring because she never gives money to anyone.

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

pare (something) down

1. Literally, to shave off small pieces of something to make it smaller. You need to pare down your nails—they're like little daggers! If you pair the boards down on either side, they should fit into the space.
2. To reduce or decrease something in small increments. We've had to continually pare down out expenses ever since one of our investors pulled out. See if you can pare your report down a bit—15 pages is far too long.
See also: down, pare

pare off

1. To remove something (from a larger portion or something else) by snipping, trimming, or shaving. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pare" and "off." He sat on the porch quietly paring off the skin from the apple. We need to pare a bit of wood off to make these table legs even.
2. To snip, trim, or shave something off something. A noun or pronoun is used between "pare" and "off." I just want to pare these overgrown leaves off the shrub. The statue looks a little uneven—could you pare a bit off the left side?
See also: off, 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
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Set contains: Carving knife, bread knife, cook's knife, vegetable knife, paring knife and wooden knife block.
After a week, the distribution of the dyes revealed that paring had begun; a week later, the receptors at that spot and their connecting nerve endings had disappeared, Lichtman reports.
It utilizes off-the-shelf hardware, paring down installation costs as well as costs of future upgrades.
The Autumn Knife Set Colori pairs an orange serrated paring knife with a black paring knife, and the Citrus Knife Set Colori combines a yellow paring knife with a green serrated knife.
The classic methods of enhancing working capital are, of course, paring back inventories, shortening terms on receivables and delaying or moderating plans for expansion or new equipment purchases.
The cuts were made up by freezing new hires, cutting overtime and paring back expenditures, Scott said.
Just paring the six district management positions will save the district about $600,000, Deputy Superintendent Bob Rice said.
Scientists studying food webs can trace isotopes in bits of tissue -- bear-claw parings, for example -- to answer questions such as where a polar bear fed last winter, where a whale migrated last year, what kind of grass a bison grazed 10,000 years ago and whether phytoplankton supply most of the food in coastal marine food webs.