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trim down

1. To become lighter or thinner by losing weight. I'm trying to trim down before my wedding this summer.
2. To cause someone or something to lose weight or become less bulky. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "down." We need to trim down our luggage or we'll get charged a fortune at the airport! I just want to trim my belly fat down a little bit. He really could have used a good editor to trim the book down a tad.
3. To remove or discard small amounts of something, especially that which is excessive or unwanted. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "down." The company is selling a more modest version of the phone, trimming down the specs as well as the cost. We'll need to trim the number of guests down if we want to stay under budget.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

trim (oneself) down

to take action to become slimmer or lose weight. I need to trim myself down before I go on vacation. I decided to trim down, but I never got around to it. You really need to trim down and stay at a lower weight.
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trim something down

to reduce the size of something. You will have to trim the picture down to get it into the frame. Trim down the picture before you frame it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

trim down

1. To reduce something by or as if by cutting away the excess: The company is trimming down its budget this year. The editor trimmed the long manuscript down to 200 pages.
2. To lose weight, as by dieting or exercise: The doctor advised me to trim down.
See also: down, trim
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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You could visit your vet or local dog groomers who will trim them down to size and once they have been done you can keep on top of them by regularly using a glass nailfile to remove a bit at a time.
The cabinet is a little shorter than the hinges; use a hacksaw to trim them down. Install the hinges to the base first.
Q My gerbil Dinky's teeth were very long and yellow, and the vet had to trim them down. What can I do to help him keep his teeth down in the future?
Could the residents please take consideration on sizing their trees and trim them down? It is just a simple task of trimming them.
'Gumbo' continued to deny the fact the he had plucked them, but when he was put under further pressure he buckled and admitted to the lads that a razor had been used to trim them down.
That will ultimately lead to further improvements in efficiency and have a positive effect on inventories that, according to the report, were up last year despite all our efforts to trim them down.