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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Thus skimming the surface, they ploughed it in their course: the water was quite smooth, and it formed a most curious spectacle to behold a flock, each bird leaving its narrow wake on the mirror-like surface.
Does your technology go in-depth, or is it barely skimming the surface of this information, leaving you with minimal data points with which to win new business?
Bring to the boil and simmer gently, uncovered, for 30-40 mins skimming the surface occasionally to remove any froth.
We feel we have only been skimming the surface of the opportunities out there.
Birds near shore, like skimmers, fly right on the deck on calm days, skimming the surface for small baitfish.
Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun, relaxing way to stay fit, but that is just skimming the surface.
She mentions pain and joy, doubt and relief, but the superficial nature of each anecdote gives a feeling of just skimming the surface.
Bring the mixture just to a boil over high heat, skimming the surface with a slotted spoon.
0, and it's still just skimming the surface of what the game has on offer.
Miller's book is well written and visually appealing, skimming the surface on a lot of the information but effectively covering the history and future of Mars exploration.
Just how you follow this issue's money trail--focusing with a budget-specialist's attentiveness on bottom-line details, or skimming the surface of trends and prognostications--depends as much upon your nerd quotient as it does upon how deeply you're immersed in the economics of the field.
Providing Facebook and Twitter marketing is just skimming the surface of the services that this Digital Marketing Company offers.
A race on Haldon Gold Cup day at Exeter was a case in point, as were races at Sedgefield and Lingfield earlier this week - and that's skimming the surface.
Fans of traditional pubs migrate to Pontfaen where beer is served through a hatch at The Dyffryn Arms, aka 'Bessies' in honour of the octogenarian landlady, while the tiny port of Porthgain offers The Sloop pub, and, from a nearby headland, views of the sun sinking into the sea and manx shearwaters skimming the surface at dusk as they head to nests on Ramsey Island.
Dappen said another winter sport gaining in popularity is kite-skiing, which uses the same sail as the wind surfers often seen skimming the surface and jumping at Lake Wenatchee.