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trim off

1. To remove by cutting some small piece of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." I just want to trim off some of your hair in the back—I promise I won't do anything drastic! I decided to trim off my mustache.
2. To excise some element or aspect abruptly or suddenly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." The company was forced to trim off healthcare benefits for its employees in order to stay afloat. My editor trimmed nearly 200 pages off my book, calling them "unnecessary"!
3. To shed body fat (from some part of one's body), as through dieting or exercising. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." I'd love to trim a couple pounds off my waist before my wedding. This is one of the best ways to trim off that stubborn belly fat.
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trim something off (of) someone or something

 and trim something off
to cut something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I asked the barber to trim the beard off of Ralph. The barber trimmed off Ralph's beard.
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trim off

v.
To remove some excess by or as if by cutting: I trimmed off the rotten wood. The barber will trim my bangs off.
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Tidying Up If you notice any broken branches on trees or shrubs, trim them off now to allow the plant to recover.
If you can get to them without risking your neck, you could trim them off, but at this point you might risk losing some of the young flower buds.
Trim them off, but leave the tails and dorsal fins intact.
Go ahead and trim them off before you proceed with the piecing.
If the bread crusts are hard and dry, trim them off; with softer breads (like brioche, Hot Cross Bun Loaf, panettone or white sandwich loaf) you may not need to do this.
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese If ends of chanterelles are tough or discolored, trim them off. Immerse mushrooms in water and swish vigorously to remove debris; at once lift from water and drain well.
If the grey-brown powdery fungus appears in the tips of shoots, trim them off and burn or bin them.