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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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skim over something

1. Lit. to glide across something. The sailboat skimmed over the waves like a bird. The bird skimmed over the treetops, darting and dodging.
2. Fig. to go over or review something hastily. I just skimmed over the material and still got an A on the test! Please skim over chapter four for Thursday.
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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.
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skim through something

to go through something hastily; to read through something hastily. She skimmed through the catalogs, looking for a nice gift for Gary. I will skim through your manuscript and see whether it looks promising.
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skim off something

also skim something off
to take something valuable The colleges with very high standards skim off the best high school graduates. State and local governments skim tax money off the company's profits.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of skim off ( to remove something floating on a liquid)
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skim off

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.
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skim over

To read or consider something superficially and quickly: I skimmed over the reading assignment because I didn't have time to read it carefully.
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skim through

To go through some reading material quickly or superficially: I skimmed through the movie listings to see what was playing.
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TO THE RETAILER: OMSCo will redeem this coupon only if it has been taken in full payment for a 1-pint carton of Scottish organic milk whole, semi skimmed or skimmed.
The enriched skimmed milk diet did not boost weight gain or increase the levels of potentially harmful blood fats.
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Option Two: Wholegrain toast spread with peanut butter, fresh orange juice, skimmed milk.
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In many cases, skimmed oil can be recycled and reused as a lubricant or fuel.
WEETABIX 2 Weetabix or Shredded Wheat with 150ml skimmed milk.
I'm going on holiday and was thinking of taking dried skimmed milk in case I can't get skimmed there.
Since launching organic milk in 2005, Graham's organic skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole milk portfolio has grown to be worth over [pounds sterling]4m to the business and account for 15% of all milk sales by Graham's The Family Dairy.
CME Group has launched International Skimmed Milk Powder futures and options on futures contracts beginning May 9 for trade date May 10, 2010.
Choose from a litre of skimmed, semi-skimmed or whole UHT milk.
ISLAMABAD, July 06, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Having a glass of skimmed milk instead of fruit juice at breakfast may help people feel more full all the way up to lunch.
Semi-skimmed, one per cent and skimmed milk contains at least the same amount of protein, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc as full-fat milk, but less fat.