pare off

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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

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
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NEW DELHI -- Bharti Airtel has announced the sale of nearly 20% of its 15,000-strong tower infrastructure in Africa, the move aimed at paring off the over $10 billion debt that the company carries.
Some of the tubers were even fragrant, so I began tasting them by paring off the skin--the range of flavors was quite a revelation.
If their campaign for a rise in riding weights is successful, fewer jockeys will have to follow the likes of Lester Piggott in paring off the pounds
If the recess is open on one side, like a hinge mortise, flatten the bottom by paring off thin slices with the back, unbeveled side of the chisel held flat to the wood (Photo 2).
Stimulate rooting by carefully paring off a strip of bark 1in (2.5cm) long on one side of the cutting's base.