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skimming

[ skim-ing ]
/ ˈskɪm ɪŋ /
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noun

Usually skimmings. floating matter that is removed from the surface of a liquid.
skimmings, Metallurgy. dross.
Slang. the practice of concealing gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, commissions, etc.: An audit of their cleaning business uncovered several years of skimming.
the practice of electronically appropriating account numbers or other confidential data for illegal use: A chip is embedded in the credit card to prevent skimming.

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Origin of skimming

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English skemmyng; see skim, -ing1
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