cream off


cream off
verb
1. remove from the surface
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skim cream from the surface of milk

Syn: ↑skim, ↑skim 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: ↑skim 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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cream off [phrasal verb]
cream off (someone or something) or cream (someone or something) off chiefly Brit : to remove (the best part) from something : to take (someone or something) away for yourself

Most of the profit was creamed off by the government.

The best students are creamed off to attend other schools.

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Main Entry:cream

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cream off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms cream off : present tense I/you/we/they cream off he/she/it creams off present participle creaming off past tense creamed off past participle creamed off 1) to take the best people or things from a larger… …   English dictionary

  • cream off — 1) PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) To cream off part of a group of people means to take them away and treat them in a special way, because they are better than the others. [V P n (not pron)] The private schools cream off many of the best pupils. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • skim the cream off the milk — remove the cream from the top of the milk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cream — ► NOUN 1) the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand. 2) a dessert or other food containing cream or having a creamy consistency. 3) a thick liquid or semi solid cosmetic or medical preparation.… …   English terms dictionary

  • cream — n., v., & adj. n. 1 a the fatty content of milk which gathers at the top and can be made into butter by churning. b this eaten (often whipped) with a dessert, as a cake filling, etc. (strawberries and cream; cream gateau). 2 the part of a liquid… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cream — cream1 [ krim ] noun ** 1. ) uncount a thick yellow white liquid taken from the top of milk: peaches and cream Would you like cream or ice cream with your apple pie? a ) only before noun used about food that contains cream: fish in cream sauce… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cream — cream1 [kri:m] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: craime, cresme, from Latin cramum] 1.) [U] a thick yellow white liquid that rises to the top of milk ▪ fresh cream ▪ strawberries and cream 2.) [U] a pale yellow white colour 3.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cream — 1 noun (U) 1 a thick yellowish white liquid that rises to the top of milk: Have some cream in your coffee. | strawberries and cream 2 (C, U) a food containing this: cream of chicken soup | cream cakes 3 (C, U) a thick soft substance that you put… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cream — [[t]kri͟ːm[/t]] ♦♦ creams, creaming, creamed 1) N UNCOUNT Cream is a thick yellowish white liquid taken from milk. You can use it in cooking or put it on fruit or desserts. → See also , double cream, , sour cream, whipping cream ...strawberries… …   English dictionary

  • cream — I UK [kriːm] / US [krɪm] noun Word forms cream : singular cream plural creams ** 1) a) [uncountable] a thick yellowish white liquid taken from the top of milk peaches and cream Would you like cream or ice cream with your apple pie? b) [only… …   English dictionary


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