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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We've only skimmed the surface of what is an exciting and growing economy, but I hope we've at least delivered some insight into how it operates; how people can get started, and go on to succeed.
But they have only really ever skimmed the surface when it comes to issues of substance.
Derek McLean, Lime Picture's head of non-scripted programmes, said: "Having just skimmed the surface of the luxury life that exists in Marbs for previous shows, Lime are delighted finally to be able to dive right into the incredible world of wealth and aspiration that exists in this millionaires' playground.
Using a standard plankton trawl net with a sieve of 300 microns modified for the voyage, the crew regularly skimmed the surface for tiny, insidious fragments of plastic and had a 100 per cent recovery rate.
Poufos anticipated that more similar cases would likely come to light as the IRD has only skimmed the surface.
The developments in both exploration and production have only skimmed the surface of Coal Asia's true value, which is why the majority shareholders have agreed to a longer lock-up period," Tomintz said.
When Obama was talking about the " deteriorating" investment climate, he may have only skimmed the surface.
We have only really skimmed the surface of the relationship so far.
Of course, most organizations haven't solidified their game plans for incorporating social media into multichannel customer efforts; most have just skimmed the surface.
As the Moon prepares to leave your sign later today she is asking if you really have shared your thoughts with someone or have you just skimmed the surface and hope they psychically picked up on the rest?
All the while the moon skimmed the surface of the field and shone peacefully.
Nevertheless, we have to dissect his speech to discover that he has merely skimmed the surface of the six decade old conflict and skipped the crux of the matter when he elected to equate the grievances of both Israelis and Palestinians.
They skimmed the surface - and they still do, though, no doubt, skimming it well.
The industry has only skimmed the surface of what can be done with social networking on the phone, according to Pescatore.
After a whirlwind week, my trip had barely skimmed the surface of these music-infused cities, but it was enough to give me a real taste for more.