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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

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.
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Set contains: Cook's knife, bread knife, filleting knife, serrated utility knife, paring knife, sharpening steel and wooden knife block.
Plastic handles combine with slightly flexible stainless steel blades to produce knives which are practical rather than pretty - although we were disappointed by the flimsy utility and paring knives.
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 Autumn and Citrus Knife Sets Colori are available for a suggested retail price of $16 each, and the set of three paring knives for $24.
The cuts were made up by freezing new hires, cutting overtime and paring back expenditures, Scott said.
31 /PRNewswire/ -- In an attempt to make good on several campaign promises, President-elect Clinton and his team of Science and Space Transition Team members are looking at paring back funding for the multi-billion dollar Space Station Freedom effort, rewriting NASA's role in commercial space development and liquidating Vice President Quayle's favorite industry bully pulpit, the National Space Council.
Introduced under the Meno brand, the five new cooking tools include a ceramic peeler, paring knife, mini-spatula, 4-inch diameter pizza cutter and an ice cream scoop.
Just paring the six district management positions will save the district about $600,000, Deputy Superintendent Bob Rice said.
The new collection includes a paring knife, chef's knife, utility knife, bread knife and steak knife.
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.