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scrape (someone or something) up off (something)

To peel or gather something or someone up from some surface, such as the floor or the road, especially when that person or thing is or seems to be stuck to it. I passed out after drinking at the party until 6 AM, and I had to be scraped up off the floor the next morning. I spent about an hour last night scraping dried pizza cheese up off the carpet.
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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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look beneath the surface

To focus on the deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
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scratch 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 scratches the surface. Jack never felt satisfied devoting his time and attention to one thing, so instead he's scratched the surface of a number of hobbies and interests.
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below the surface

The deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look below the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
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beneath the surface

The deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
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raise someone or something to the surface (of something)

to bring someone or something up to the surface of a body of water. The pull of the inflatable life vest raised Tom to the surface of the water. The divers were able to raise the sunken ship to the surface.
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scratch the surface

 
1. Lit. to scratch something just on the surface, not extending the mark below the finish into the wood, stone, marble, below. There is no serious damage done to the bench. You only scratched the surface.
2. Fig. to just begin to find out about something; to examine only the superficial aspects of something. The investigation of the governor's staff revealed some suspicious dealing. It is thought that the investigators have just scratched the surface. We don't know how bad the problem is. We've only scratched the surface.
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on the surface

Superficially, to all outward appearances, as in On the surface he appeared brave and patriotic, but his troops knew better. [Early 1700s]
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scratch the surface

Investigate or treat something superficially, as in This feed-the-hungry program only scratches the surface of the problem, or Her survey course barely scratches the surface of economic history. This metaphoric term transfers shallow markings made in a stone or other material to a shallow treatment of a subject or issue. [Early 1900s]
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scratch the surface

COMMON If you only scratch the surface of something, you deal with or benefit from a very small part of something much bigger. The council have managed to provide housing for over ten thousand homeless people but they say they have only scratched the surface of the problem. At 13, her potential as a player is enormous and she has only scratched the surface of what she can do.
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scratch the surface

1 deal with a matter only in the most superficial way. 2 initiate the briefest investigation to discover something concealed.
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scratch the ˈsurface (of something)

deal with, understand, or find out about only a small part of a subject or problem: This report only scratches the surface of the problem. OPPOSITE: get to the bottom of something
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below/beneath the ˈsurface

what you cannot see but can only guess at or feel: She seems very calm but beneath the surface I’m sure that she’s very upset.Beneath the surface of this beautiful city there is terrible poverty and suffering, which tourists never see.
See also: below, beneath, surface

on the ˈsurface

when you consider the obvious things, and not the deeper, hidden things: On the surface she can be very pleasant and helpful, but underneath she’s got problems.The plan seems all right on the surface.
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scratch the surface

To investigate or treat something in superficial or preliminary fashion.
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on the surface

To all intents and purposes; to all outward appearances: a soldier who, on the surface, appeared brave and patriotic.
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In that arrangement, fragments of some of the chains stick out from the surface.
We recognize that a lot of the capability under the Army modularity has been redirected to the tactical level, and the DM4-S, Surface Mobility Division, steps in to provide an efficient surface deployment operation," Stark said.
The metal side of the blister shows the same chemistry as the adhesive, leading to the conclusion that the particle of primer and adhesive was deposited on the surface of the coated adhesive part prior to bonding with rubber.
Anything that can improve compaction can improve surface finish," said Doug Trinowski, vice president of technology at HA International, Westmont, Ill.
Surface area affected the results The loaf pan has a larger surface area than the mug.
ISD Expert is the core tool for global surface model manipulation.
As mentioned before, starches were traditionally used for imparting dry strength and enhancing surface integrity when paper was made primarily from fiber.
If you get into a twenty- to thirty-percent drop in infiltration [into the aquifer], which means a loss of base flow, the impact on streams being fed by surface water gets magnified still further.
Using an abrator--a large cleat-like nubbed machine that beats on the surface of the field for a length of time--SRI can determine how long the field is going to stand up in terms of fibrillation, whether or not the fibers fall apart or some break off.
This results in poor surface finish or loss of the particle.
Surface movement radar uses traditional radar principles to search for and track an aircraft/ vehicle non-cooperatively by measuring reflected energy.
Heavenly: 4,800 acres; 6 surface lifts, 15 chair lifts, 3 express lifts, 1 tram.
Increasing the amount of light-colored surface areas could also have an additive cooling effect for a community.
Samsung's New Collection Has Quartz-Appeal with Benefits of Solid Surface