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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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?
We feel we have only been skimming the surface of the opportunities out there.
0, and it's still just skimming the surface of what the game has on offer.
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.
We believe we are only skimming the surface of what cow urine and cowdung can do to help cure human diseases.
Slicing the air in the repetitive diagonal jetes, he barely touched the floor before becoming airborne again like a smooth stone skimming the surface of a placid lake.
James Martin sailed from the top rung of his high school class to the Wharton School of Business to a perch at a Fortune 500 company, flying high in the corporate world but only skimming the surface of life's deeper meaning.
Words such as these are wonderful and rare--words I don't feel I have to qualify, that don't make me grimace, that allow complexity rather than skimming the surface of understanding.
Skimming the surface of employees' needs on an ad hoc basis might not be the best approach.
And it was while Rob, 46, from Espley Hall, near Morpeth, was at the lake one night in early April that he snapped this dynamic image of a swan skimming the surface of the water as it chases an intruder.
Despite this reservation, her material is certainly wide-ranging: the texts were produced by twelve male and six female authors of various ideological persuasions, and while the sheer quantity of unfamiliar material discussed in a relatively limited space could initially leave the general reader with a sense of skimming the surface of too many works for comfort, in fact Wilhelms's tight focus on key themes and topoi of the revolution generally helps her to avoid this pitfall.
They call it American Movie Classics, but the cable channel is skimming the surface of the classic film pool for the premiere of ``Speed.
Most attempt a look at deeper issues rather than skimming the surface of genre writing.
Skimming the surface of the oft-satirized world of professional Elvis impersonators, John Paget's "Almost Elvis" spends a year on the road with an assortment of showmen all vying for a first-place finish at the Images of Elvis World Championship in Memphis.