used in Oryx and Crake
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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.
- It would be like trying to stick a paring knife into a truck tire.
There are no more uses of "pare" in Oryx and Crake.