pare (something) to the bone(redirected from paring to the bone)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
pare (something) to the bone
To reduce or decrease something significantly. A noun or pronoun 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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
cut, pare, etc. something to the ˈbonereduce 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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017