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Definition to cut or reduce
The exact meaning of pare can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Pare the budget." — cut it to make it smaller
  • "Pare the fat from the meat," or "Pare the apple." — cut away an outer layer or peel
  • "Use a paring knife." — a small general purpose chef's knife often used for peeling
  • "Pare the edge, so it will fit." — cut small bits or shavings from
  • The candidate promised to pare the deficit.
  • pare potatoes
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • pare = peel (cut off the outer skin—possibly with a knife rather than a peeler)
  • At her suggestion, I pare off my nails with a knife.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Mrs. Wainwright took a paring knife from her apron pocket and slipped it under the mattress.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • While Ruana's hands grew wet and swollen paring apple after apple, she began to say the word in her mind, the one she had avoided for years: divorce.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • And we'd been a week on the way last night, when up pops a New Moon as thin as a nail-paring, as if we had never stayed no time in the Elvish country.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He rubbed his feet with his hands and then drew his knife from its sheath and began paring bits of skin from his toes.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • It was barred off, beginning with the Rue du Pare-Royal.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was hungry, and his meager diet had pared his body down to a feral scrawn of gristle and bone, but he seemed to be in reasonably good health.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He needed a shave; his fingernails needed paring.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • With a faint smile, Branna plied her paring knife.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The neighborhood guards Pare armed, needless to say.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He'll undertake to torture any number of cats, if their teeth be drawn and their claws pared.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • In any case, let Thisby have clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion pare his nails, for they shall hang out for the lion's claws.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • "Would yeh be turible of-fenced if'n Oi pared et down tae Schiem?"
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The Glatun, between the power of implants and the power of their AIs. had pared away most of the excess.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Sethe touched the fruit and picked up the paring knife.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Either way, Carlos was pre-pared.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • On the chopping board in front of her she's cutting more, with a paring knife, her large hands deft, indifferent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • The soldier sat in his pants with the gun between his knees paring his nails and biting off the loose skin.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory

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