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cream sth/sb off

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with cream   /kriːm/ us  
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.
(Definition of cream sth/sb off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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