skim the surface (of something)

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skim the surface (of something)

To do, engage with, or understand something to only a minimal or superficial degree. I know you feel like you know everything about philosophy now, but this introductory course only skims the surface. Jack never felt satisfied devoting his time and attention to one thing, so instead he's skimmed the surface of a number of hobbies and interests.
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The bird continued for a long time to skim the surface, flying in its wild and irregular manner up and down the narrow canal, now dark with the growing night and the shadows of the overhanging trees.
Powered by a supercharged marine engine, the boat can skim the surface of the ocean at nearly 100 kph before diving below the waves in a series of quick tilts, turns and spins - taking the traditional jet- ski experience to a new and epic level.
The two-seater, fully-submersible watercraft is modelled in the shape of a shark and can skim the surface of the sea at nearly 100kph and can also dive beneath the surface.
Competitors typically jump from a plane at 5,000 feet and then must maneuver the parachute, sometimes with twists and turns, to skim the surface of a pond between a series of buoys.
Note: you may need to skim the surface foam occasionally as well.
Offering more than just traditional look-ups and pedigrees for tracing ancestry, Record Click pulls away from the pack by offering alternative research processes for big and small projects - such as DNA testing, forensic genealogy research, and customized ancestor searches - allowing its clients to skim the surface or do a deep dive into tracing ancestry.
For journalists, who must be able to skim the surface of a variety of topics, this can be a necessary skill: Metalcasting?
However, these features only skim the surface of what makes a relationship work.
Venus is pressurizing your ruler Jupiter and asking him to take action, to start a conversation that does more than skim the surface, goes deeper than what's currently on offer.
acents Deliberately skim the surface rather than allowing things to go deeper.
Snorkelers: These managers are only able to skim the surface of business issues, offering reactive, short-term, tactical fixes.
The same tension allows a water strider to skim the surface of a pond in the macroworld.
Two bridges were planned to skim the surface before swinging up and out, offering at their peak all that makes Slussen unique: openness and panoramic views, contrasts of height, flow of people, the meeting of town and archipelago.
Ed Balls should be establishing a full and open public inquiry into this tragedy and not just the current two-week review, which can only skim the surface of these matters.