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skim off

1. Literally, to scoop or scrape something off the surface of something, especially a liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "skim" and "off." Be sure to skim off the fatty foam as your stew cooks. Please use the net to skim leaves and other debris off the surface of the pool each morning.
2. By extension, to take funds, especially illegally or deceitfully, from another source in small increments. A noun or pronoun can be used between "skim" and "off." The CEO has been accused of skimming money off from his employees' pensions funds to pay for his personal trips around the world. The sales assistant skimmed off money from the till for years before she was finally caught.
See also: off, skim

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.
See also: off, skim

skim off

v.
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.
See also: off, skim
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If I'm able to use 6mm it would result in less skimming off the doors.
Summary: Charges include influence peddling, inflating contract prices, money laundering and generally skimming off millions of dollars in bribes.
Those devils in high places, Who lie and cheat and scheme, Are the ones who should be targeted For skimming off the cream.
It also turned out that the murder victims, presented in court as upright businessmen, had been laundering cash for a drug cartel, and skimming off the top.
Resentment on the part of ordinary Bulgarians on the basis of the perception that those on the public payroll are skimming off the cream by paying themselves lavish bonuses would be quite understandable.
A PLASTERING company is skimming off more work after joining a technology-focused networking group.
Thomas scuffed an effort into the keeper's hands and then sent an acrobatic header skimming off the bar.
TWO soldiers serving with the 14th Signals based near Haverfordwest appeared in court yesterday to admit skimming off Army diesel.
Skimming off fat from cooked foods will save Checks.
Still, they do manage to save Egypt from a government overthrow (at least temporarily), stop tomb robbers from skimming off Tut's treasure, expose murderers, and survive kidnap.
The fish that do the cleaning actually prefer to dig a little deeper, taking a little nip of the tasty goo covering the skin instead of just skimming off the parasites.
From card cloning to shoulder surfing, gangs are now responsible for skimming off tens of thousands of euro from Irish bank accounts daily.
The South China Morning Post reported that the alleged misuse of funds involved so-called ''off-balance-sheet'' money -- accumulated through skimming off officially allocated funds and through unauthorized investment without the knowledge of the bank's Beijing headquarters.
Now they are demanding to know who is skimming off the missing cash - complaining that they had been unable to find out.
The police were unable to establish a motive for the murder, but it was suggested that Mr Sibbet was skimming off takings.