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prune off

To remove something superfluous, undesirable, or unnecessary (from something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "prune" and "off." We need to prune off 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 off your résumé.
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prune something off (of) something

 and prune something off
to cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Claire pruned the dead branch off the apple tree. She pruned off the dead branch.
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It thrives in sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil, and while the young shoots are susceptible to frost, the damaged bits can be pruned off in spring without affecting its performance.
If branches that have sap oozing are mostly dead, they can be pruned off. If the shape of the leaf crown is so badly deformed by pruning, it may make sense to remove the tree.
Cut the sections directly from the vine or from brush that has recently been pruned off. Make cuttings three nodes long with the bottom cut (the portion that will form roots) just below the bud or node and the upper cut at an angle of about 45 degrees, 3/4 to 1 inch above the bud or node.
"They adore water and moisture, and they always have to be pruned off the fences of the gardens.
Stems that are pruned off serve as garden poles and for basket making.
While the webs are still small and at the ends of the branches, if reachable, they can be pruned off.
Next, make cuttings, each one about six inches in length from the pruned off stems.
Every year up until now, we have pruned off the grapes that have developed on the vines so as to strengthen the vine."
Finance chiefs have also admitted pounds 60,000 is being pruned off the cost of city centre floral displays.
"The growth has been pruned off to the ground, so the plant almost turns into a small tree.
He says: "The growth has been pruned off to the ground, so the plant almost turns into a small tree.
If it is a fairly large tree, 2ft pruned off now should be almost right and the new shoots next spring shouldn't touch the ground.
Affected shoots may be pruned off or the plants sprayed or soil drenched with an insecticide as soon as the young emerge.
After a rose has bloomed, the faded flowers should be pruned off. Cut the stem back to just above a five-parted leaf.