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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All of these topics are real-life worries, and I pride Pentland on attempting to tackle them but she only really skims the surface. In previous books she covered depression and miscarriage and seemed to have focus on the rollercoaster of emotions that come with them.
There is such a strong potential for Elizabeth to be an intriguing character, but White only skims the surface of Elizabeth's upbringing and dangerous relationship with Victor.
For the most part, "A Taste of Things to Come" skims the surface of women at a crucial crossroads, tossing in a few second-act revelations to deliver underdeveloped relevance.
Whilst I liked the article it is based on other people's opinions and only skims the surface. I am no expert on land-based structures but I have been involved with this subject on passenger ships/rigs for the last 52 years.
The breadth of the study means that Fagan skims the surface of each topic rather than delving deep into any of them, but in each chapter he includes a brief sidebar presenting a particularly telling anecdote.
Gervais only skims the surface of Victor and Pauline and barely touches on Sean.
Summary: The book dwells on the problems confronting India but only skims the surface.
Bits begins with a brief but complimentary preface by Carol Burnett that only skims the surface of their long collaboration.
VIEW OF THE NORTH: The misty water skims the surface of the pebbled beach, at Seaham, leaving a lovely wet shine on the stones in this picture by Lynne Berry > Send your views of the North East and Cumbria to Richard Kirkman at pics@ncjmedia.co.uk Please include address and daytime telephone numbers.
And yet the "tea-aholic" spoilt it all by pouring his guest what looked like water (it was actually Ceylon tea), and explaining: "It's very weak - the bag just skims the surface of the water."
Just a little old piece for little old Strategies--a piece that, admittedly, barely skims the surface Think more Carribean pleasure cruise than Voyage of Magellan.
The text, which is complemented, enhanced, and extended by the accompanying drawings, skims the surface as we do when we travel quickly, stopping only briefly.
Yet Cooper consistently skims the surface of these crucial themes in her story.
David Sundwall, MD, president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said the report is a helpful tool but also merely "skims the surface" of what states have accomplished in the area of emergency preparedness.
Since the life and work of Peruvian novelist-essayist journalist-politician Mario Vargas Llosa can hardly be crammed into a 75-minute documentary, "Mario Vargas Llosa: The Biography" skims the surface of the writer's varied and vast body of work.