decrease gradually or bit by bit
cut small bits or pare shavings from;
"whittle a piece of wood"
strip the skin off;
remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size;
"pare one's fingernails"
"trim the photograph"
- Our budget has been pared to the bone.
- We were asked to pare down our budget.
- She is paring the apple.
- She is paring her nails.
Taking a pearl penknife out of his pocket he began to pare his nails.出自： K. Mansfield