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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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The complex web, according to the article, involves insiders skimming off a significant portion of revenue generated from every trip, with indications that Sh1 million is lost daily.The corporation's acting MD Philip Mainga on Sunday said police were investigating the scandal.
Over a medium heat, allow the juice to reduce at a steady simmer, skimming off any scum, until you are left with a syrup roughly the colour of Marmite and a consistency similar to treacle when cooled.
If I'm able to use 6mm it would result in less skimming off the doors.
A Maharashtra minister and officials yesterday came under fire for allegedly skimming off prestigious scholarships meant for deserving economically backward students to pursue higher education abroad.
It has since emerged that Helector was grossly overcharging municipalities -- and ultimately the taxpayer -- by reporting higher waste volumes while officials looked the other way in return for skimming off the top.
Summary: Charges include influence peddling, inflating contract prices, money laundering and generally skimming off millions of dollars in bribes.
Those devils in high places, Who lie and cheat and scheme, Are the ones who should be targeted For skimming off the cream.
It also turned out that the murder victims, presented in court as upright businessmen, had been laundering cash for a drug cartel, and skimming off the top.
Contractors are hard at work this week skimming off the top layer of the playing surface to get rid of meadow grass and lay the foundations for another season of wear and tear.
Resentment on the part of ordinary Bulgarians on the basis of the perception that those on the public payroll are skimming off the cream by paying themselves lavish bonuses would be quite understandable.
A PLASTERING company is skimming off more work after joining a technology-focused networking group.
skimming off room with ladle Do not skim off the fat
Thomas scuffed an effort into the keeper's hands and then sent an acrobatic header skimming off the bar.
This is achieved by skimming off the cream of an extra 3,000 litres per tonne of cheese (no, the cream isn't wasted).
As per details, Amreli Steel for years has been skimming off Pakistan Steel and was the only company who was getting billet minus the market price of normal billet and the free credit scheme was especially extended to accommodate them and they were the only company allowed to avail the scheme for extended period.