Headline in today's paper:
Lansing Teachers May Pare Their Raise
I don't often hear "pare" without "down". A googlefight between "pare exenses" and "pare down expenses" comes out almost a tie. "Pare costs" creams "pare down costs", so I may be in the minority, here. Pare by itself may be more common than I thought.
Which is good. Because as I think about it, "pare down" seems to be a redundancy; you can't "pare up".
The story talks about teachers being forced to make a choice: take a cut in your (already sad 2%, but at least we aren't working for Delphi) raise, or we lay off 20 or so of your colleagues. Man.
Now, I guess it's up to teachers to decide which is better: a pare or a full house.