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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.
See also: off, prune
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: off, prune
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If you were to prune now, you'd be pruning off many stems that were going to bear flowers.
Control its growth by pruning off the tips before they contact the soil, and by mowing around the patch regularly to cut back escaping laterals and tips.
Pruning them in the spring, before they''ve bloomed, would mean pruning off this year's flowers.
And if you're short on space, plant three or four varieties in one hole, pruning off all but the outward-facing branches.
A You can reduce the height of fruit trees in winter by pruning off the long extension growths made last summer.
It seems strange to be pruning off last year's leaves along with their stems.
Gradually rejuvenate older shrubs by annually pruning off about a third of the old stems at ground level.
In this instance, spraying with permethrin may be difficult to manage so I suggest pruning off the infested shoots.
Today's best advice, however, tells another story, in which companies find what they do well and concentrate on that, pruning off those branches which fail to perform.
But keep the branches below the lowest permanent scaffold branch for several years: Cut them to less than 12 inches in length during the dormant season, removing the largest ones first and pruning off the remaining branches over a two three year period.
Then tie main stems back in, pruning off any weak or dead wood.
If the tree is still too dense and bushy after pruning off watersprouts, thin out crossing branches, crowded shoots, and weak growth.
Train them like standard apple trees by tying them to stakes and pruning off sideshoots.
Current controls include pruning off tree branches at least 12 inches below the infected site and pruning off the mistletoe flush with the branch, then wrapping the infected area with black plastic, tar paper, or aluminum foil to exclude light.