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And the little one, with small eyes framed in red eyelids, pared down and slashed up like a thistle head?
Cadwallader said and did: a lady of immeasurably high birth, descended, as it were, from unknown earls, dim as the crowd of heroic shades--who pleaded poverty, pared down prices, and cut jokes in the most companionable manner, though with a turn of tongue that let you know who she was.
I remember having been much struck with the evidence of denudation, when viewing volcanic islands, which have been worn by the waves and pared all round into perpendicular cliffs of one or two thousand feet in height; for the gentle slope of the lava-streams, due to their formerly liquid state, showed at a glance how far the hard, rocky beds had once extended into the open ocean.
Oil prices pared gains after the dollar strengthened in the wake of strong employment data, having earlier hit its lowest against the euro in three weeks.
Sigfrido Pared, Defense minister recently disclosed that two helicopters with integrated cameras were taken over for beefing up the surveillance at the Dominican-Haiti border.
The shutdown hurt consumer confidence and pared economic growth, ensuring that the Federal Reserve kept up its economic stimulus effort.
Brazilian investment bank, Grupo BTG Pactual (BVMF: BBTG11) has pared its bonus provision following a drop in revenue and a slowdown in the mergers and acquisitions market, according to a Bloomberg report.