One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘pare 4 strips of zest from the lemon’
cut, cut off, trim, trim off, peel, peel off, shave, shave off, strip, strip off, clip, clip off, skin
technical decorticate, excoriate
2‘the company's domestic operations have been pared down’
reduce, diminish, decrease, cut, cut back, cut down, make cutbacks in, whittle away, whittle down, salami-slice, trim, slim down, prune, lower, lessen, retrench, curtail
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