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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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.
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.
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.
Skim the surface of any froth and simmer for five minutes.
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.
Asked whether the bus service would merely skim the surface of the problem, since the vast majority of people would likely continue using their cars anyway to enter the capital, he admitted: "That's the million-dollar question.
A four-part series can barely skim the surface of his catalogue of crimes but a tipping point in the father-son relationship is reached tonight when Uday savagely bludgeons one of his father's servants to death in front of a crowd of horrified party guests.
Recognition time kicks in, as you skim the surface of both material and memory for the precise nuance of this chilling woodland scene.
While it may skim the surface of just a few composers, I learned some interesting new facts, and it created a desire for me to research and learn more.
Take the lamb out of the oven and skim the surface of any excess fat.
While most Americans are involved in their daily affairs, or content to skim the surface of current events, "internationalists are always hard at work in quiet places making plans for a more perfect union," observed Newsweek senior editor Michael Hirsh.