Meaning of “scratch/scrape the surface” in the English Dictionary

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"scratch/scrape the surface" in British English

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scratch/scrape the surface

to deal with only a very small part of a subject or a problem:

There's far more to be said - I've only had time to scratch the surface in this talk.
The amount of aid that has been offered is hardly going to scratch the surface of the problem.

(Definition of “scratch/scrape the surface” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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