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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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.
We believe we are only skimming the surface of what cow urine and cowdung can do to help cure human diseases.
Walsh is instantly likeable, encouraging me to ask him anything, yet after an hour in his company and endless diversions in conversation, I'm not even skimming the surface of finding out what makes him tick.
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.
James Martin sailed from the top rung of his high school class to the Wharton School of Business to a perch at a Fortune 500 company, flying high in the corporate world but only skimming the surface of life's deeper meaning.
Words such as these are wonderful and rare--words I don't feel I have to qualify, that don't make me grimace, that allow complexity rather than skimming the surface of understanding.
Skimming the surface of employees' needs on an ad hoc basis might not be the best approach.
And it was while Rob, 46, from Espley Hall, near Morpeth, was at the lake one night in early April that he snapped this dynamic image of a swan skimming the surface of the water as it chases an intruder.
They call it American Movie Classics, but the cable channel is skimming the surface of the classic film pool for the premiere of ``Speed.
Most attempt a look at deeper issues rather than skimming the surface of genre writing.
A few entries have a snapshot feel, skimming the surface of appalling trends, such as the use of environmental warfare.
Comprehensive though the data in this review is, it is merely skimming the surface of the Polk-Marketing Systems' databases and subscribers with more detailed queries such as new registrations by engine size, by postcode, number of doors, number of valves per cylinder, etc.
By the end, she's feeling this about a life in journalism: "It was the idea of facing a future skimming the surface of life, winging my way in and out of other people's traumas, crises, confusions, and passages, engaging them enough to get the story but never enough to be indelibly touched by what I had seen or heard.