scratch the surface
Investigate or treat something superficially, as in This feed-the-hungry program only scratches the surface of the problem, or Her survey course barely scratches the surface of economic history. This metaphoric term transfers shallow markings made in a stone or other material to a shallow treatment of a subject or issue. [Early 1900s]
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.
The more resources and education society becomes equipped with, the fewer stories like yours will surface.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the Bay.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
But the Mexican caballeros had no notion of coming up to the scratch a third time.
Some of those halls that Mr. Meadow Mouse mentioned ran right out beneath the surface of the garden.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
It depends upon the fact that bile acids lower surface tension.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd