In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.
After food stamp usage hit record-breaking numbers in 2013, Congress tried to pare back the benefit.
A lithographic stone or piece of marble will serve as a bed upon which to pare the leather.
This knife will pare down your pride and humble you to the dust beneath my feet.
Take Pippins and pare, andPage 176 cut off the tops of them pretty deep.
pare off the outer skin of some fine citrons, and cut them into quarters.
pare some turnips, cut them round and small, in sufficient quantity for eight people.
pare the pine-apple, slice it very thin, and mince it small.
pare, quarter, and core good eating apples, removing all imperfections.
pare and core the fruit, after being wiped clean; then boil the cores and parings in a little water, till it tastes well.
"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.
Paré Pa·ré (pä-rā'), Ambroise. 1517?-1590.
French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.