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skim off

1. Literally, to scoop or scrape something off the surface of something, especially a liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "skim" and "off." Be sure to skim off the fatty foam as your stew cooks. Please use the net to skim leaves and other debris off the surface of the pool each morning.
2. By extension, to take funds, especially illegally or deceitfully, from another source in small increments. A noun or pronoun can be used between "skim" and "off." The CEO has been accused of skimming money off from his employees' pensions funds to pay for his personal trips around the world. The sales assistant skimmed off money from the till for years before she was finally caught.
See also: off, skim

skim something off (of) something

 and skim something off 
1. Lit. to scoop something off the surface of something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The cook skimmed the fat off the stew. The cook skimmed off the fat.
2. Fig. to remove a portion of something of value, such as money, from an account. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The auditor was skimming a few dollars a day off the bank's cash flow. Kelly skimmed off a few dollars each day.
See also: off, skim

skim off

v.
1. To remove some floating matter from a liquid: They use a net to skim the cranberries off the surface. They skim off the dross before pouring the metal into molds.
2. To appropriate some money illegally or dishonestly: The dictator skimmed off over $1 million from international donations and deposited it in personal bank accounts. The company was skimming money off its employees' paychecks and using it to cover losses.
See also: off, skim
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Bring to a boil, skim off the white foam, then reduce the heat and simmer for several hours.
Labour highlighted Con-Dem plans to charge single mothers pounds 100 to register with the Child Support Agency to chase absent fathers for maintenance money - and skim off a percentage of anything they recover.
COMPANIES that skim off workers' pensions were warned by the Ombudsman yesterday: "Own up or I will come and get you.
Initially Youness was always keen to have conduct of the deals himself because he may well skim off a certain amount for himself.
So we are advising members with cast cows to sell to either avoid abattoirs that skim off additional money or offer their animals to a nearby auction market instead.
Dams have been set up to stem the flow of the diesel and workers will be visiting these periodically over the week to skim off polluted water.
Tilt pan to accumulate juices on one side; skim off and discard fat.
So-called carousel frauds see high-value goods repeatedly imported and exported between different EU nations, while criminal gangs skim off VAT payments often worth millions of pounds.
After it has boiled, skim off the foam from the top, cover with the lid and place into your oven at gas 1, 275F, 140C for about six hours.
Cool vegetables and stock for 5 minutes and skim off the fat.
Strain braising liquid, pressing hard on solids; skim off fat.
Pour pan juices into a 1- to 1-1/2-quart pan; skim off fat.
Meanwhile, prepare the gravy; skim off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard.
Heat to boiling, skim off any residue or foam that rises to surface.
Cool vegetables and stock for 5 minutes then skim off the fat.