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prune away

To remove something superfluous, undesirable, or unnecessary (from something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "prune" and "away." We need to prune away these dead branches to allow the tree to grow new ones in their place. As your career evolves, you'll need to start pruning less relevant work experience away from your résumé.
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prune something away

to cut away something unwanted or unneeded. Please prune the lower branches of the trees away. They are starting to annoy pedestrians. We pruned away the dead branches.
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References in classic literature ?
'Romeo and Juliet, 'Hamlet,' and indeed most of his plays, contain unnecessary scenes, interesting to the Elizabethans, which Sophocles as well as Racine would have pruned away. Yet when Shakspere chooses, as in 'Othello,' to develop a play with the sternest and most rapid directness, he proves essentially the equal even of the most rigid technician.
"That may mean that some elements of the manifesto will be pruned away, shall we say."
PARTS of the Tory manifesto will be "pruned away" as Theresa May prepares for a showdown with Conservative MPs amid anger over the way the party saw its majority wiped out in the General Election.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has said "some elements of the manifesto will be pruned away".
Deer feeding disfigures arborvitaes more than browning the foliage, and broken branches can be pruned away.
The category "Capital of an Icelandic region" is pruned away since no capital of an Icelandic region appears in the database.
The history of parliamentary development, the curtailing of royal power and the growth of constitutional democracy have not, alas, pruned away this vestigial presence on our metal money of conjoint deity and monarch.
Levitin's research also showed that musical tastes formed in the teen years become part of the brain's internal wiring, as that is the time when some neural pathways are solidifying and others are being pruned away.
We will be pruned away. This "old" church sees itself surrounded by enemies of the church, bent on its destruction.
(Co-librettist and lyricist Gerome Ragni died in 1991.) Some material was pruned away, while other snippets from the original Off Broadway version-changed in the move to Broadway--made their way back in.
Shrubs too have been pruned away from paths to prevent visitors from being scratched by any thorns.
The authors note that they are interested in function over form and therefore have pruned away mechanical matters, such as a step-by-step discussion of how to probate a will and settle an estate, that can be found elsewhere; they've also sought out the historical roots of modern law to illuminate its continuing growth.
He averred that some of the bizarre-seeming critters represented new phyla that briefly appeared in a "Cambrian explosion" of "experimental designs" and were pruned away by mostly chance factors.
After producing fruit, the floricanes die and are pruned away at ground level - leaving the newest batch of primocanes to continue the cycle.
* If the home has an overhead, rather than underground, electrical line that supplies the main power from the utility company lines, make sure trees are pruned away from it to reduce damage.