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pare
used in Oryx and Crake

2 uses
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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
  • He replaces his lost aspirin and candles, and throws in six small boxes of matches and a paring knife, and his authentic-replica Red Sox baseball cap.
    p. 278.8
  • It would be like trying to stick a paring knife into a truck tire.
    p. 235.3

There are no more uses of "pare" in Oryx and Crake.

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