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"skim" in British English

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skimverb

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

[I or T] to ​movequickly 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 ​flatstone horizontally over ​water so that it ​touches and ​rises off the ​surface several ​times: We ​watched a ​child skimming ​stonesacross the ​lake.
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(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 ​pebbleacross the ​lake.
  • skim verb (READ QUICKLY)

[I/T] to ​read or ​look at something ​quickly to ​understand the ​mainpoints, without ​studying it in ​detail: [T] You can’t just skim the ​taxforms. [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 ​stealmoney 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 ​constructionproject. During the lifetime of their ​company the ​defendants skimmed off more than €5.5 million.
IT to ​steal someone's creditcard details using ​electronicequipment, in ​order to use their ​accountillegally: More than $98m of ​totalbankfraud was taken by ​criminals using ​bankcards 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 ​pricesfall: 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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