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English definition of “cream sth/sb off”

cream sth/sb off

phrasal verb with cream     /kriːm/ verb [T]
to remove the best part of something or the best people in a group and use them for your own advantage: They had a plan to cream off the brightest children and put them in separate schools.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of thingsRemoving and extractingTaking and choosing
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