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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The bird continued for a long time to skim the surface, flying in its wild and irregular manner up and down the narrow canal, now dark with the growing night and the shadows of the overhanging trees.
When a Wieroo runs, his wings spread almost without any volition upon his part, since from time immemorial he has always used them to balance himself and accelerate his running speed so that in the open they appear to skim the surface of the ground when in the act of running.
This comes after nearly a dozen seasoned veterans failed to even skim the surface of the issue, mainly due to Israeli intransigence and the U.
Even for newer fans, or those not entirely familiar with their entire musical catalogue, it would be hard to miss the infectious crowd pleasers that include Closer to Fine, off their 1989 self-titled release, and Fill It Up Again, from their 2004 album All That We Let In--and those songs only skim the surface of fan favorites.
It is a tribute to the richness of the subject matter and the author's skill that this study can only skim the surface and make necessarily brief, insightful forays into a rich and promising topic, lingering fleetingly across a vast canvas.
This book is meant only to skim the surface of Western Civilization in the Modern Age, perfect for an introductory course; however, further understanding of specific events would require additional study on the part of the reader or instructor.
Powered by a supercharged marine engine, the boat can skim the surface of the ocean at nearly 100 kph before diving below the waves in a series of quick tilts, turns and spins - taking the traditional jet- ski experience to a new and epic level.
The two-seater, fully-submersible watercraft is modelled in the shape of a shark and can skim the surface of the sea at nearly 100kph and can also dive beneath the surface.
Competitors typically jump from a plane at 5,000 feet and then must maneuver the parachute, sometimes with twists and turns, to skim the surface of a pond between a series of buoys.
Note: you may need to skim the surface foam occasionally as well.
Offering more than just traditional look-ups and pedigrees for tracing ancestry, Record Click pulls away from the pack by offering alternative research processes for big and small projects - such as DNA testing, forensic genealogy research, and customized ancestor searches - allowing its clients to skim the surface or do a deep dive into tracing ancestry.
my fingers skim the surface, my wrist flicks them dry and the sun
However, these features only skim the surface of what makes a relationship work.
Venus is pressurizing your ruler Jupiter and asking him to take action, to start a conversation that does more than skim the surface, goes deeper than what's currently on offer.