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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We've only skimmed the surface of what is an exciting and growing economy, but I hope we've at least delivered some insight into how it operates; how people can get started, and go on to succeed.
Derek McLean, Lime Picture's head of non-scripted programmes, said: "Having just skimmed the surface of the luxury life that exists in Marbs for previous shows, Lime are delighted finally to be able to dive right into the incredible world of wealth and aspiration that exists in this millionaires' playground.
The developments in both exploration and production have only skimmed the surface of Coal Asia's true value, which is why the majority shareholders have agreed to a longer lock-up period," Tomintz said.
But EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said the audit barely skimmed the surface of discontent felt in many schools arising from CfE.
We have only really skimmed the surface of the relationship so far.
All the while the moon skimmed the surface of the field and shone peacefully.
Nevertheless, we have to dissect his speech to discover that he has merely skimmed the surface of the six decade old conflict and skipped the crux of the matter when he elected to equate the grievances of both Israelis and Palestinians.
The industry has only skimmed the surface of what can be done with social networking on the phone, according to Pescatore.
After a whirlwind week, my trip had barely skimmed the surface of these music-infused cities, but it was enough to give me a real taste for more.
In spite of the pleasing pairing of Parsons's deftly nuanced, witty choreography and his company's easy theatricality and powerful athleticism, this new piece seems to have only skimmed the surface of its potential.
I know that I have only skimmed the surface of the issues confronting us today, and I shall be happy to answer any questions the committee may have.
The bald statement from the IEEE just skimmed the surface of the industry-political storm that has been brewing within the 802.
The court had heard Grindlay earlier skimmed the surface of the sea.
Pilot Iain Grindlay skimmed the surface of the North Sea and told Mr Wallace and fellow passengers it was just like the scenes from the start of the American action show.