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Makes smaller (5)


I believe the answer is:


'makes smaller' is the definition.
(paring is a kind of making smaller)

This is the entire clue.

(Other definitions for pares that I've seen before include "Trims by cutting as with pencil" , "Trims, say a pencil" , "Sharpens in spare way" , "Shaves pencil to sharpen" , "Sharpens like pencil" .)

I've seen this clue in The Wall Street Journal.
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