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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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Bring to a boil, skim off the white foam, then reduce the heat and simmer for several hours.
Make sure you skim off any foam that appears on the surface of the soup.
Unfortunately the Ghanaian allowed the ball to skim off his head.
In order to get this refurbishment money all the local politicians have nodded it through, so this company can rip off local travellers and rate-payers and skim off 10% to 15% profits.
But Angie Bray, leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group, said that "to skim off a resource which is needed to relieve such poverty, is morally indefensible"
Jeff Ross, superintendent of the Mersey ship, which can recover up to 1,200 tonnes of oil, said: ``The oil is thick, heavy fuel oil which makes it more difficult to skim off.''
Skim off old grass and fork over the soil before laying turves.
After meat has reached 145|, tilt pan to skim off and discard fat.
When they approach a gently shelving beach the sonar may skim off it and go off at a tangent.
They could even be socialist and skim off a lot more from high earners.
THREE employees with Central Trains exploited a weakness in the ticket-selling system to "skim off" cash and give themselves first class tickets, a court heard.
Skim off floating weeds, such as duckweed, with a net, rake, scoop or wooden board.
"So we are advising members with cast cows to sell to either avoid abattoirs that skim off additional money or offer their animals to a nearby auction market instead."
Tilt pan to accumulate juices on one side; skim off and discard fat.
Labour highlighted Con-Dem plans to charge single mothers pounds 100 to register with the Child Support Agency to chase absent fathers for maintenance money - and skim off a percentage of anything they recover.