|Origin:||parer 'to prepare, make neat', from Latin parare 'to prepare'|
to cut off the outer layer of something, using a sharp knife:
Pare the rind from the fruit.
to reduce the amount, number, or size of something as much as you can:
The firm has not been able to pare costs fast enough to match competitors.
The country's defences have been pared to the bone (=reduced as far as possible).
pare something ↔ downphrasal verb
The list was pared down for the final interviews.
Even in its pared-down form, the contract was unacceptable.