From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pare \Pare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pared; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Paring.] [F. parer to pare, as a horse's hoofs, to dress or
   curry, as, leather, to clear, as anchors or cables, to parry,
   ward off, fr. L. parare to prepare. Cf. Empire, Parade,
   Pardon, Parry, Prepare.]
   1. To cut off, or shave off, the superficial substance or
      extremities of; as, to pare an apple; to pare a horse's
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   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
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   3. Fig.: To diminish the bulk of; to reduce; to lessen.
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            The king began to pare a little the privilege of
            clergy.                               --Bacon.
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