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cut to the bone

1. To cut or slice something deeply. A noun can be used between "cut" and "to." Your arm is cut to the bone—you definitely need to go to the emergency room! Mom asked me to cut the meat to the bone.
2. To reduce or decrease something significantly. A noun can be used between "cut" and "to." The arts program at my alma mater has been cut to the bone. Our department needs to cut our spending to the bone this quarter.
See also: bone, cut

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

cut something to the bone

1. Lit. to slice deep to a bone. The knife cut John to the bone. He had to be sewed up. Cut each slice of ham to the bone. Then each slice will be as big as possible.
2. Fig. to cut down severely (on something). (To the bone emphasizes the severity of the cutting.) We cut our expenses to the bone and are still losing money. Congress had to cut expenditures to the bone in order to balance the budget.
See also: bone, cut

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 to the bone

Severely reduced, as in During the Depression Grandmother's housekeeping money was cut to the bone. The phrase to the bone, literally meaning "through the flesh to the inmost part or core," dates from about 1400. This expression in effect means that everything extraneous has been cut away so that only bone remains.
See also: bone, cut

cut to the bone

COMMON If resources or costs are cut to the bone, they are reduced as much as they possibly can be. We managed to break even by cutting costs to the bone. Note: Verbs such as pare, shave, and strip are sometimes used instead of cut. The universities feel they have already been pared to the bone by government cuts. Eric had taken on the competition by shaving his running costs to the bone and offering the lowest prices possible.
See also: bone, cut

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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E possivel ver que a estrategia de pares vem sendo testada na literatura desde sua criacao apos os anos 1980 e tem apresentado resultados bem interessantes em termos de retornos sobre riscos.
A metodologia da pesquisa sera composta pelos seguintes passos: o metodo ira localizar os pares que serao negociados, definir os parametros de cada negociacao e, apos isso, avaliar os resultados obtidos.
A logica da estrategia de pares se resume a localizar dois ativos que se movimentem de maneira similar e controlar a distancia entre seus precos.
O metodo de negociacao utilizado neste trabalho ira selecionar os pares a serem empregados em cada periodo de negociacao pelas acoes que apresentarem os menores desvios quadraticos entre os seus precos normalizados durante o periodo de treinamento precedente.
La obra de Pares establece la efectividad de lineas metodologicas investigativas, listas para ser usadas en los trabajos de religiosidad afrocolombiana.
Blankenship put her experience to work last year, helping NEA Rhode Island lobby to reshape a proposed teaching assistant standards bill from "something overly prescriptive" to legislation pares could build on.
Signed into law last summer, the legislation recognizes skills gained by experienced pares and authorizes a task force--including NEA and AFT pares and college education professors --to draft training standards for new teaching assistants.
Blankenship, who serves on the panel, says the final task force report acknowledges that pares are "integral members of the instructional team" and notes that the proposed standards are based on the notion that "Teaching Assistant is a profession and an important career.
Over the closing laps and with victory already in the bag Pares broke into a smile and glad-handed spectators along the 1,000-metre circuit, carrying the Welsh flag.
Even Pares, however, had to concede much of the limelight to England's Lizzy Hawker, who not only beat him by three laps but in so doing broke the women's world 24-hour record and on the way also set a new 100-mile record.
Her consistency throughout the day and night were such that Pares decided not to try to stay with her.
Pares tried to close the gap, but in the end he had to settle for sixth place, behind five Englishmen.