One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it will soon be time to prune the apple trees’
cut back, trim, thin, thin out, pinch back, crop, clip, shear, pollard, top, dock
shape, even up, neaten, tidy, tidy up
2‘prune lateral shoots of wisteria’
cut off, lop, lop off, chop off, hack off, clip, snip, snip off, nip off, dock, sever, detach, remove
3‘companies are pruning their headquarters teams in an attempt to save money’
reduce, cut, cut back, cut down, cut back on, pare, pare down, slim down, make reductions in, make cutbacks in, trim, whittle away, whittle down, salami-slice, decrease, diminish, axe, shrink, minimize
eliminate, get rid of, do away with
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