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"skim" in British English

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skimverb

uk   /skɪm/  us   /skɪm/ (-mm-)
  • skim verb (MOVE ABOVE)

[I or T] to move quickly just above a surface without touching it: The birds skimmed (across/along/over) the tops of the waves.
[T] UK (US skip) to throw a flat stone horizontally over water so that it touches and rises off the surface several times: We watched a child skimming stones across the lake.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of skim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skim" in American English

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skimverb

 us   /skɪm/ (-mm-)
  • skim verb (MOVE ABOVE)

[I/T] to move quickly just above or on a surface, or to cause something to move above or on a surface: [I] Skaters skim over the ice. [T] I skimmed a pebble across the lake.
  • skim verb (READ QUICKLY)

[I/T] to read or look at something quickly to understand the main points, without studying it in detail: [T] You can’t just skim the tax forms. [I] Skim through this report.
  • skim verb (REMOVE)

[T] to remove something solid from the surface of a liquid: Stew the chicken, then skim the fat.
(Definition of skim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"skim" in Business English

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skimverb [T]

uk   us   /skɪm/ (-mm-) (also skim off)
FINANCE, TAX to steal money from an account, budget, etc. over a period of time in amounts that cannot be easily noticed: skim sth from sth The defendants were accused of skimming money from a multimillion-dollar construction project. During the lifetime of their company the defendants skimmed off more than €5.5 million.
IT to steal someone's credit card details using electronic equipment, in order to use their account illegally: More than $98m of total bank fraud was taken by criminals using bank cards that had been skimmed.
skim the market
MARKETING to charge a high price for a new product in order to make as much profit as possible before other similar products become available and prices fall: Marketers might choose to skim the market to position their brand as a luxury good.
(Definition of skim from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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