skate over

verb(intr, preposition)
  1. to cross on or as if on skates

  2. to avoid dealing with (a matter) fully

Words Nearby skate over

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How to use skate over in a sentence

  • To think that I used to skate over the meadows where that mountain now stands!

    Alone | Norman Douglas
  • And then when these critics have to skate over the "Poems and Ballads" episode—thin, cracking ice!

    Books and Persons | Arnold Bennett
  • To skate over meadows and into inaccessible bogs gives one a taste for exploration.

    In the Open | Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Both of the boys looked the broken skate over, and then retired to the old boathouse to see if they could not fix it.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals | Arthur M. Winfield
  • I still take my daily walk, or skate over Concord fields or meadows, and on the whole have more to do with nature than with man.

Other Idioms and Phrases with skate over

skate over

Treat superficially or hurriedly, avoid mentioning, as in He concentrated on the main points of the contract and skated over the details. This idiom transfers the gliding motion of skating to dealing with something in a cursory way. [Mid-1900s]

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