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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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.
But EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said the audit barely skimmed the surface of discontent felt in many schools arising from CfE.
We have only really skimmed the surface of the relationship so far.
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.
The industry has only skimmed the surface of what can be done with social networking on the phone, according to Pescatore.
By the end of the two days, I was thoroughly exhausted and had still only just skimmed the surface of what the city had to offer.
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.
I have only skimmed the surface of his accomplishments.
In spite of the pleasing pairing of Parsons's deftly nuanced, witty choreography and his company's easy theatricality and powerful athleticism, this new piece seems to have only skimmed the surface of its potential.
Armstrong, Marshall and Haarman have only skimmed the surface of the sultana's life in the context of the Crusades.
Hanging from the cable, the camera rig skimmed the surface of the water, and ascended an incline at speeds up to 30 mph.
I know that I have only skimmed the surface of the issues confronting us today, and I shall be happy to answer any questions the committee may have.
The bald statement from the IEEE just skimmed the surface of the industry-political storm that has been brewing within the 802.
The court had heard Grindlay earlier skimmed the surface of the sea.