skim off


skim off
verb
1. remove from the surface (Freq. 2)
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skim cream from the surface of milk

Syn: ↑skim, ↑cream off, ↑cream
See Also: ↑cream off (for: ↑cream), ↑skim off (for: ↑skim)
Derivationally related forms: ↑skim (for: ↑skim), ↑skimmer (for: ↑skim), ↑skimming (for: ↑skim)
Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. pick the best
Syn: ↑cream off
Hypernyms: ↑choose, ↑take, ↑select, ↑pick out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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skim off [phrasal verb]
skim off (something) or skim (something) off : to take (something valuable) for yourself out of something else

He skimmed off some of the profits.

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Main Entry:skim

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • skim off something — skim off (something) to take something valuable. The colleges with very high standards skim off the best high school graduates. State and local governments skim tax money off the company s profits. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of skim… …   New idioms dictionary

  • skim — [skım] v past tense and past participle skimmed present participle skimming [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from scum to remove scum (14 19 centuries), from scum (noun)] 1.) [T] to remove something from the surface of a liquid, especially… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skim — [skɪm] verb skimmed PTandPPX skimming PRESPARTX [transitive] also skim off to take money illegally, for example by not saying that you have made profits so that you do not have to pay tax: • He was accused of s …   Financial and business terms

  • skim — [ skım ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to move quickly over the surface of something, or to make something do this: We stood on the bridge watching swallows skimming the water. skim across/over: Water skiers skimmed across the bay. a )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skim something off — ˌskim sth/sbˈoff derived to take for yourself the best part of sth, often in an unfair way • Private companies should not be allowed to skim off profitable sectors of the postal service. Main entry: ↑skimderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • skim somebody off — ˌskim sth/sbˈoff derived to take for yourself the best part of sth, often in an unfair way • Private companies should not be allowed to skim off profitable sectors of the postal service. Main entry: ↑skimderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • skim — [[t]skɪ̱m[/t]] skims, skimming, skimmed 1) VERB If you skim something from the surface of a liquid, you remove it. [V n off/from n] Rough seas today prevented specially equipped ships from skimming oil off the water s surface... [V n with off]… …   English dictionary


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