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English definition of “scratch/scrape the surface”

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 which has been offered is hardly going to scratch the surface of the problem.
(Definition of scratch/scrape the surface from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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