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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Thus skimming the surface, they ploughed it in their course: the water was quite smooth, and it formed a most curious spectacle to behold a flock, each bird leaving its narrow wake on the mirror-like surface.
Birds near shore, like skimmers, fly right on the deck on calm days, skimming the surface for small baitfish.
Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun, relaxing way to stay fit, but that is just skimming the surface.
Bring the mixture just to a boil over high heat, skimming the surface with a slotted spoon.
0, and it's still just skimming the surface of what the game has on offer.
Fleur De Sel, which has been Described as One of the Highest Quality Salts that Money Can Buy, is a Gourmet Grade Kosher Salt that is Harvested by Skimming the Surface of Salt Ponds
Providing Facebook and Twitter marketing is just skimming the surface of the services that this Digital Marketing Company offers.
A race on Haldon Gold Cup day at Exeter was a case in point, as were races at Sedgefield and Lingfield earlier this week - and that's skimming the surface.
Fans of traditional pubs migrate to Pontfaen where beer is served through a hatch at The Dyffryn Arms, aka 'Bessies' in honour of the octogenarian landlady, while the tiny port of Porthgain offers The Sloop pub, and, from a nearby headland, views of the sun sinking into the sea and manx shearwaters skimming the surface at dusk as they head to nests on Ramsey Island.
Dappen said another winter sport gaining in popularity is kite-skiing, which uses the same sail as the wind surfers often seen skimming the surface and jumping at Lake Wenatchee.
I didn't want to be just another notch on his gun"Veteran sex-symbol actress Raquel Welch, 70, above, reminisces "The common view of promoters among boxers is that they do nothing and steal your money, but the good promoter invests a lot of valuable time, money and heart in building a fighter" Boxing promoter Frank Warren "I know a little bit about antiques, but it's just skimming the surface like a butterfly" Broadcaster Fiona Bruce, who hosts The Antiques Roadshow
You should be just like a stone skimming the surface," the Times quoted Gartner as saying.
Bring to the boil and simmer for two hours, skimming the surface if any scum appears and topping up the water if it falls below the top of the meat.
We believe we are only skimming the surface of what cow urine and cowdung can do to help cure human diseases.
Slicing the air in the repetitive diagonal jetes, he barely touched the floor before becoming airborne again like a smooth stone skimming the surface of a placid lake.