verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.
- to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes followed by off): The casino skimmed two million a year.
- to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.
- skim milk,
- skim off,
Origin of skim
Examples from the Web for skim
Fat-free or skim milkEveryone knows milk is an excellent source of calcium that will keep your bones in tip-top shape.
And good for Bruno, bless his heart, who is truly the skim milk of pop music.Your Super Bowl Etiquette Guide From Food to Clothes to What Not to Say|Kelly Williams Brown|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the iTunes story makes music—arguably the most mysterious, magical art form—as accessible and ubiquitous as skim milk.From Bieber to the Beatles, How the iTunes Store Brooklynized Music|Justin Moyer|May 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Skim off most of the fat with a spoon: just dip in, get a spoonful of fat, and remove.
Drinks at the dinner table are restricted to “water and skim milk.”
The crisp covering, over which I used to skim along a few weeks ago, broke through with me at every step.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack|Elisha Kent Kane
Skim and strain the water when it is taken off and settled, and put it to the mulberry juice.
Then skim it carefully; let it cook slowly till the meat is very tender; try it with a fork.The Fun of Cooking|Caroline French Benton
"It's as well we brought out this little steamboat just to skim the wreck and survey her," he said.A Master of Fortune|Cutcliffe Hyne
To every gallon of water put four pounds of honey, and boil it three quarters of an hour, taking care to skim it.
verb skims, skimming or skimmed
Word Origin for skim
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.