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Answer for the clue "Whittle down", 4 letters:
pare

Alternative clues for the word pare

Reduce

Trim

Prune

Peel

Shave

Reduce, as expenses

Scale down

Skin

Curtail

Downsize

Cut back

Whittle

Lessen, with "down"

Whittle (down)

Excoriate

Made without milk or meat

Cut, as expenses

Trim, with "down"

Remove, as a potato peel

Edit, in a way

Trim, as costs

Cut back on, as expenses

Take a coat off

Father

Lessen, as expenses

Decorticate

Whittle away

Crop

"Father of French Surgery"

Trim back

Remove a coating

Remove outer skin

Cut

Trim, with "away"

Peel, as an apple

Diminish gradually

Cut off

Father of modern surgery

Do a K.P. job

Diminish

Do K.P.

Do some whittling

Remove the outer coating

Do a kitchen-police job

Do K.P. work

Reduce by degrees

Reduce, in a way

Denude potatoes

Shave an apple

Cut back on expenses, e.g.

Word definitions for pare in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
verb COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADVERB away ▪ After removing the tape, pare away any surplus adhesive with a razor blade. ▪ All this has been pared away in favor of ideas and a spare, urgent prose style. ▪ The rest could be pared away . ▪ Her romantic self-projection...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
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...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
vb. 1 (context transitive English) to remove the outer covering or skin of something with a cutting device, typically a knife 2 (context transitive English) to reduce, diminish or trim gradually something as if by cutting off 3 to trim the hoof of a horse...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, prepare, furnish, provide, arrange, order; contrive, design, intend, resolve; procure, acquire, obtain, get; get with...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
v. decrease gradually or bit by bit [syn: pare down ] cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood" [syn: whittle ] strip the skin off; "pare apples" [syn: skin , peel ] remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Parè is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy , located about northwest of Milan and about west of Como , on the border with Switzerland. As of 31 December 2007, it had a population of 1,784 and an area of . Parè...

Usage examples of pare.

CBA television and radio network and affiliated stations, strict financial controls had been introduced, budgets pared and redundant personnel dismissed.

Concentrating a moment over her artistry, she picked up the paring knife from the table and began to cut little wisps of hair in front of her ears until each had a soft curl dangling in front of it.

Pare says the wife of Pierre de Feure, an iron merchant, living at Chasteaudun, menstruated such quantities from the breasts each month that several serviettes were necessary to receive the discharge.

She called on her acquaintance, the Dowager Countess of Mauberges, who lived in the fragile gentility of a small house behind the rue Montagne du Pare.

With the paring of a peare, And drynke them without feare If you will have remedy.

Pare speaks of a woman who, besides a vulva, from which she menstruated, had a penis, but without prepuce or signs of erectility.

Pare in 1549 gives several instances of 5 children at a birth, and Pliny reports that in the peninsula of Greece there was a woman who gave birth to quintuplets on four different occasions.

According to Pare there was born in 1493, as the result of illicit intercourse between a woman and a dog, a creature resembling in its upper extremities its mother, while its lower extremities were the exact counterpart of its canine father.

He threatened Sensar with a paring knife, demanding the return of the cut-toll.

According to her, he did not adhere to the stipulated diet, he pared his nails with an iron knife, had his hair cut with an iron razor, and wore knots and buckles.

Well, so it seems that by the time we went up the hill, Doctor Pare had run out of the oil of elder and Theriac, and so, for want of something better, he mixed up what he called a Digestive.

And there was no Doppler shift to reveal the velocity of retreat: the far side was being pared away, not pushed away, and the new, gray borderlight was being emitted from a succession of different surfaces, not a single moving source that could act as a clock.

Boerhaave, Pare, and Fabricius Hildanus all speak of this untoward effect of venery, and in modern times Poncet has made observations at a hospital in Lyons which prove that during the process of healing wounds are unduly and harmfully influenced by coitus, and cites confirmatory instances.

Choosing a forklike utensil, Stevens carefully pared off a sliver of the mass and popped it into his mouth.

As soon as she joined Hutu, he swung a tree so high that he dragged Pare back into the light.