scratch beneath the surface

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scratch beneath the surface

To focus on the deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits or details that are most easily identified or merely superficial. When you write your book reports, please scratch beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices. The film presents a few interesting ideas, but it fails to scratch beneath the surface with any of them.
See also: beneath, scratch, surface
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