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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The black strips at the end of each nail, Martin pared off with his jackknife.
While Philippine shares posted some gains last week, some analysts are worried about global headwinds which pared off gains at the latter part of the week.
First of all, no less than 160kg have been pared off the total weight of the newcomer compared with that of the outgoing rangetopping VRX version.
In total 36 players pared off to participate in the 4Ball Betterball format on Friday afternoon.
The move came just months before News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA) pared off its newspaper and publishing division into another company, leaving its film and television holdings under the new umbrella, 21st Century Fox.
Check to see if you've pared off enough drywall by holding a chunk of trim against the drywall and jamb.
But some of the earlier gains pared off in the late morning after the Shanghai stock market took a dive amid concerns over possible measures to calm the country's frenzied equity markets in addition to last week's hike in stock trading stamp duty.
A total of pounds 5million has been pared off Celtic's day-to-day operating expenses and the overall debt has now been cut by pounds 10m.
First, he pared off the time she spent working with the Murphys before the "trigger point" for either attorneys' fees or costs, which was the 3 September 1998 filing for a due process hearing.
When the new papers are pared off of the income statement, revenue for the period was up only 2.3 percent and if you take off the exchange rate for pounds sterling, that number is whittled down to 1.8 percent.
Both the saloon and Avant have generous luggage capacity and an inch or two pared off this and given to the rear-seat area would have been helpful.
Mr Dent added the authority will then look to see how much money could be pared off the budget,plus efficiency savings, which can go towards extra police.