pare to the bone

Definition of pare to the bone

  1. :  to reduce as much as possible The budget has been pared to the bone.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of

    :  to diminish or reduce by or as if by paring

  1. :  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

    :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

    :  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  1. :  to remove the bones from

    :  to provide (a garment) with stays

    :  to rub (as a boot or baseball bat) with something hard (as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. :  extremely, very

    :  totally

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