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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pare v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared p. pr. & vb. n. Paring.]
 1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's hoof.
 2. To remove; to separate; to cut or shave, as the skin, rind, or outside part, from anything; -- followed by off or away; as, to pare off the rind of fruit; to pare away redundancies.
 3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
    The king began to pare a little the privilege of clergy.   --Bacon.