In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.
The lawyer was the more timid man of the two, and found it necessary to pare down his potency.
This knife will pare down your pride and humble you to the dust beneath my feet.
Ever and anon one must pare down a phrase or word in translating an ancient author.
With the knife, pare down each side so as to leave a 1⁄2-in.
"We have not enough men to pare down the skin inside of a week," said the scientist.
Then pare down the end of the back to a lancet-shaped point, as shown in Fig. 2.
They pare down the wretched souls to what is below gaol allowance.
The chisel is often used to pare down the surface of a piece of work to a given line, as shown in Fig. 27.
Consequently, it was necessary to pare down the mouths of the mugs to make them acceptable to the lips of the toper.
"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.