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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.
See also: skim, surface

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 over (something)

1. Literally, to glide or skip over or across the very top of some surface or thing. The stone skimmed over the surface of the pond. The ball skimmed over the catcher's mitt, allowing the batter to get to first base.
2. To read, review, or present something quickly or superficially, typically by only reading or covering certain parts of it. I only had time to skim over your report, but I like what I've seen so far. He skimmed over the problems the project had faced, focusing instead on the progress they had made.
See also: over, skim

skim through (something)

To read, review, or present something quickly or superficially, typically by only reading or covering certain parts of it. I only had time to skim through your report, but I like what I've seen so far. He skimmed through the problems the project had faced, focusing instead on the progress they had made.
See also: skim, through

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Earlier this month, it emerged that hundreds of citizens in Pakistan have lost millions of rupees over a couple of weeks after they fell prey to an ATM skimming fraud.
'For that we studied a country or two where the skimming practice was quite common till a few years ago,' he said.
The incidents of ATM skimming are rising in Karachi nowadays.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) told news channel that they received information regarding the involvement in ATM skimming that Chinese national is hiding in the area and he was suspect in skimming ATMs at multiple private banks in Tipu Sultan Road's Shabbirabad area.
On at least five of the ATMs, skimming devices were removed by members of the public.
IT experts and police departments nationwide are having a difficult time keeping up with the bad guys because they are constantly using new technology to improve skimming devices.
Gareth Twamley now has the world record of 107m in his sights after impressing at the All England Stone Skimming Championship in Windermere, Lake District, on Saturday, breaking the English record with an 88m throw.
Summary: stone skimming actually has had world championships held in its name.
However, skimming continues to be a problem -- an increasing problem, at that -- and single-store operators who do not invest in anti-skimming efforts, as well as more expensive EMV upgrades, could find themselves the prime target for thieves.
In fact, today skimming accounts for 98 per cent of financial losses at the ATM, according to Marketplace.
HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds were stolen in 46 bank card skimming incidents last year.
MANILA -- A 35-year-old Bulgarian attempting to install an ATM skimming device at a bank was arrested on Thursday morning by the Quezon City Police Station 10 operatives.
In the latest in a string of credit union card fraud cases, hundreds of $467 million Quincy Credit Union members became casualties in a skimming attack affecting ATM/debit card access.
Never mind skimming, if you see how lax customers are with their PIN and card itself, you would wonder why there aren't more cases of card fraud on our island!