pare

Part of speech: verb

To cut or shave off a covering skin or peel of; diminish by taking away a little at a time.

Part of speech: noun

Parer.

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Usage examples "pare":

  1. Give the President the same authority that 43 Governors use in their States: the right to reach into massive appropriation bills, pare away the waste, and enforce budget discipline. - "State of the Union Addresses of Ronald Reagan", Ronald Reagan.
  2. This is often seen when attempts are made to pare out the corn with the knife. - "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.
  3. Pineapple Salad: Pare and core a very ripe, sweet pineapple, cut in slices crosswise, lay the slices in a bowl, with a sprinkle of sugar, half a cup rum or sherry, all the juice shed in cutting up, and a grate of nutmeg. - "Dishes & Beverages of the Old South", Martha McCulloch Williams.