Larry grew a full beard, but that was a smidge too country—“I looked like an Oak Ridge Boy”—so he pruned it down into a goatee.
Soon after the leaves have fallen in December or early in January the vines should be pruned.
The trees are pruned from time to time, in order to cause a greater quantity and a constant succession of young leaves.
And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned nor digged, but there shall come up briars and thorns.
The shady precincts of which Lampron wrote did not seem to have been pruned.
This is pruned to reach the top wire and is tied obliquely to it.
As a rule the trees are pruned for convenience in collecting the bark.
For this Siena was lopped like a lily on her hills, and Lucca pruned like her own olive trees, and Pistoia gathered in the plain.
Look at every tree you pass to see whether it has been pruned well.
They are plowed and harrowed, sprayed and pruned, down to the last corner of every orchard, and the last branch of every tree.
mid-14c., "a plum," also "a dried plum" (c.1200 in place name Prunhill), from Old French pronne "plum" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *pruna, fem. singular formed from Latin pruna, neuter plural of prunum "a plum," by dissimilation from Greek proumnon, from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning "disagreeable or disliked person" is from 1895. Prune juice is from 1807.
early 15c., prouyne, from Old French proignier "cut back (vines), prune" (Modern French provigner), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Watkins] from Gallo-Romance *pro-retundiare "cut in a rounded shape in front," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *retundiare "round off," from Latin rotundus (see round (adj.)). Klein suggests the Old French word is from provain "layer of a vine," from Latin propago (cf. prop (n.1)).
Or the Middle English word might be identical with the falconry term proinen, proynen "trim the feather with the beak" (late 14c.), source of preen [Barnhart]. Related: Pruned; pruning. Pruning hook is from 1610s; pruning knife from 1580s.
To accelerate faster than another car in a race (1940s+ Hot rodders)