- 1A plum preserved by drying and having a black, wrinkled appearance.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- However, just as raisins seem different from grapes, so do prunes appear to be distinct from plums.
- Sneak some raisins or puréed prunes or zucchini into whole-wheat pancakes.
- European plums have a thick, firm flesh that make excellent prunes, preserves, or desert fruit.
- 2 • informal An unpleasant or disagreeable person: he was a good leader, but a right miserable old pruneMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Even pathetic old prunes have their moment in the glare of the gossip mags
- McGregor has some good company: that miserable old prune Hugh Morgan (another complete AO) is also a distinguished fellow.
- I had to put up with all these melodramatic old prunes (not just older people, but people of my own age as well) saying that my life was over, and oh, i would never be able to do my degree and get a good job, and oh, it is such a shame!
Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek prou(m)non 'plum'.
- 1Trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to encourage growth: now is the time to prune roses [no object]: to limit growth, prune in summerMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Late February is an optimum time to prune trees and shrubs in your landscape.
- When cleaning out the dead debris from flowerbeds, also prune any shrubs and push plants back into the soil that have heaved with the frosts.
- I pruned the rose bushes and gave them a good soaking - it has been a dry winter.
- 1.1Cut away (a branch or stem) from a tree, shrub, etc.: prune back the branchesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- You may also need to prune back live branches that are getting out of control.
- More compact plants result when long branches are pruned back to their junction at a lateral branch during early spring.
- But if you prune back hard or after the tree leafs out in spring, it may be slower to come into bloom that year.
- 1.2Reduce the extent of (something) by removing superfluous or unwanted parts: the workforce was prunedMás ejemplos en oraciones
- So unless top-line targets are met, the cost base is pruned to compensate.
- Acting quickly, Bern closed underperforming stores, pruned the work force, expanded product lines and revised the merchandising strategy.
- The coalition will be working very hard over the next few months to prune expenditure to bring down this tax rise. The process has already started.
- 1.3Remove (superfluous or unwanted parts) from something: Eliot deliberately pruned away detailsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- And several bright ideas scattered here and there that never quite worked have been pruned away.
- Costs were cut, younger managers encouraged and deadwood pruned away with early retirement.
sustantivo[in singular] Volver al principio
- An instance of trimming a tree, shrub, or bush: they need little care other than an annual pruneMás ejemplos en oraciones
- As the weather starts to warm and spring is just around the corner, roses, and shrubs may need a prune.
- Unless he can find someone to lease them very soon he will give the trees a minimal prune and basic spray programme to grow apples for processing next season.
- These are usually the more delicate plants such as Clematis viticella, which are best with an annual light prune followed by hard pruning every ten years.
- Más ejemplos en oraciones
- On shrubs with many crowded shoots, use loppers or hand pruners to cut about a third of the oldest shoots back to the ground at the right time of year for pruning a particular shrub.
- If you just want to thin the growth, you can remove branches using your pruners or loppers by cutting the branch back to a fork.
- For branches too large to be cut with a hand pruner or lopping shears, pruning saws must be used.
late 15th century (in the sense 'abbreviate'): from Old French pro(o)ignier, possibly based on Latin rotundus 'round'.