Pare something to the bone - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.