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English definition of “skate over/around sth”

skate over/around sth

( UK also skate round sth)
verb [I + adv/prep, T] uk phrasal verb with skate   /skeɪt/ us  
to avoid dealing completely with something or to fail to pay enough attention to it: Providing homeless people with somewhere to stay when the weather is cold only skates around the problem, it doesn't solve it. I didn't understand what the teacher said about prepositions, because she only skated over it.
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