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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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Pare also played in the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the tournament that will be remembered for Dustin Johnson's bunker disqualification.
According to Pare, "Shana Corporation is poised for explosive growth and an excellent investment opportunity.
Plasse quoted the Pares $2,346 for an additional area of the driveway they asked him to build.
Pare met 7-year-old Peterson, whom she sponsors with monthly funding for his schooling, food and clothes, last year.
But it was Jessica Pare, lower left, who trumped the rest.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to a fund to benefit his daughter Gisele in care of Kim Pare, Nazareth Home for Boys, 77 Mulberry St.
Pare expected to swim the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, but his success Saturday in the 100 backstroke has him reconsidering.
Work group of resuscitation and monitoring in Ambroise PARE Hospital, Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine).
Pare was a receptionist for the Fallon Clinic in Milford several years.
As a member of the Class Aquatics club team this year, Pare has turned in times in the 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly that would have been good enough to qualify for last season's Southern Section finals.
Joseph Pare, Burkina Faso's ambassador to France,has vacated his position after he publication of the findings of the country's anti-fraud body which accused him of embezzling 260 million West African francs ($518,000) while he was minister of education.
Born in Worcester, daughter of Arthur and Alice (Barrier) Pare, she graduated from Commerce High School, and worked for 25 years at State Mutual of America.
Last February, the high school district created a nine-member advisory committee, made up of educators and community members, as well as Scott, to advise the board of trustees on how to pare the budget.
Yemen LNG brings guaranteed financing to PARE for the completion of an electrification project which will benefit 2,000 inhabitants in 5 villages in Al-Dhahera district in Shabwa.