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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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That was their first attack and the ball skimmed off my head.
The lead was doubled when a free-kick skimmed off a Stokesley head to defeat the keeper.
They'd pour the fresh milk into the pan and let it set in the spring house where the cream would rise to the top and could be skimmed off.
All the money goes to charity and there's nothing skimmed off for admin costs or anything like that, because of the way it's run.
The Italian Prime Minister denies claims he inflated the price paid to buy television rights, and then skimmed off the difference to fund political and other activities.
The side from North Wales dominated the first half and took the lead early after Michael Lea's free-kick skimmed off the head of the unlucky Ian Latham for a third minute own goal.
Sodje inadvertently turned the ball into his own net to give struggling Rovers the lead after the ball had skimmed off Ian Thomas-Moore's head from a corner.
The name of the installation, Fleur de Sel, reflects the delicate light salt crystals which can be skimmed off the surface of sea water.
But he's still there in power and I am unhappy that yet again our tax money will be skimmed off by him and his cronies to line their own pockets.
Your data could be skimmed off your card's magnetic strips if you use private ATMs; and 5) Ensure that your computer's security patch and anti-virus software are up to date before shopping online.
For thousands of years cream was separated by the slow and inefficient method of pouring raw milk into various containers and letting gravity move the less dense cream to the surface where it could be skimmed off.
He said it was possible for the ticket seller to undervalue the price and create a pool of money which could then be skimmed off.
They did have a goal shortly after, though, when Heckingbottom's freekick skimmed off the head of home full-back Danny Foster and reached Thorne, unmarked at the back post, to head home.
Three West Midlands company directors skimmed off a total of pounds 2,082,000 between them, according to a study by financial analysts KPMG
In this way, we will know that all monies we give will go to the parties that gave us service and whomever we deem necessary, and that nothing will be skimmed off of their hard-earned tips.