skim a synopsis of a Roth satire and you might think him only riotous, ludicrous and extravagant.
A helicopter MTV chartered to skim the Florentine rooftops annoyed residents, who called the police to complain.
skim off most of the fat with a spoon: just dip in, get a spoonful of fat, and remove.
The five "wonder foods": skim milk, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, yogurt, and blackstrap molasses.
Schettino was actually following orders given by Costa to skim by the island of Giglio, he says.
Simmer it gently for eight hours in a quart of water, till reduced to a pint and half, and skim it clean while it is doing.
We can but skim the surface, and try to bring out the salient points.
Boil vinegar and sugar, and skim well; add spices, sticking one or two cloves in each peach.
Let it come to a boil, skim, and let it simmer; cover and cook for five hours.
All bats are great drinkers, and twice a day skim over the nearest water, drinking copiously on the wing.
early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.
Income not reported for tax purposes, esp from the gross earnings of a gambling casino or other such enterprise; black money: allegedly ''cleansed'' in the neighborhood of $2 million in ''skim,'' untaxed gambling profits/ Caltronics is in on the skim (1960+ Gambling)
: ''appropriate, conceal, and skim'' part of the winnings (1961+ Gambling)