pair vs pare vs pear :

pair or pare or pear

When you peel an apple, you pare it. The resultant apple peelings are called “parings.” “Pare” is also used metaphorically in phrases having to do with removing portions of something, such as “pare down the budget” or “pare your wish list to the three most important items.” Many people overlook the meaning of this word and write instead “pair” or even “pear.” You can pair apples with pears in a dessert, but to peel them you have to pare them.Although it’s not too surprising that cooks should mix up these spellings, it’s astounding how often medical and scientific writers refer to substances that are “pared” with each other. A couple of medicines or treatments are paired with each other.

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  • n  a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  • n  two items of the same kind
  • n  two people considered as a unit
  • n  a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
  • v  form a pair or pairs
    The two old friends paired off
  • v  bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project
  • v  occur in pairs
  • v  arrange in pairs
  • v  engage in sexual intercourse

  • v  decrease gradually or bit by bit
  • v  cut small bits or pare shavings from
  • v  strip the skin off
    pare apples
  • v  remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
    pare one's fingernails

  • n  sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
  • n  Old World tree having sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit; widely cultivated in many varieties
News & Articles

  • Galt’s Kari Salinas pulls no punches in her fight against leukemia
    Kari Salinas, 19, wears a pear of boxing gloves signed by friends from her church on Friday, June 7, 2013. Salinas, who trains in mixed martial arts, was diagnosed with cancer on April 1.
    June 15, 2013 - Lodi News-Sentinel
  • Garden Q&A: June 15, 2013
    Q. I planted a flowering pear tree in spring. Now it is getting brown spots on its leaves. Is this going to kill the tree? A. Flowering pears are susceptible to leaf spot disease. Yours has this foliar disease. Try not to wet its foliage.
    June 15, 2013 - The St. Augustine Record
  • Fire blight attacks plants in rose family, such as pear trees
    Dear Neil: Every year, immediately after my pear tree stops blooming, the leaves at the tips of many of its branches turn coal black. What does that, and what can I do about it? That's a bacterial disease known as fire blight.
    June 13, 2013 - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal