skim off


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skim off

vb
(tr, adverb) to take the best part of: the teacher skimmed off the able pupils for his class.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.skim off - remove from the surfaceskim off - remove from the surface; "skim cream from the surface of milk"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
2.skim off - pick the best
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
Translations

w>skim off

vt sepabschöpfen; (fig)absahnen; to skim the cream off the milkdie Milch entrahmen; to skim the cream off something (fig)Geld von etw absahnen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Now he believed that the habit of the ancients was to collect several milkings in a teacup, pour it into the Great Tun, fill up with water, and then skim off the cream from time to time as the needs of the German Empire demanded.
The first to captivate and take his fancy were the pots, out of which he would have very gladly helped himself to a moderate pipkinful; then the wine skins secured his affections; and lastly, the produce of the frying-pans, if, indeed, such imposing cauldrons may be called frying-pans; and unable to control himself or bear it any longer, he approached one of the busy cooks and civilly but hungrily begged permission to soak a scrap of bread in one of the pots; to which the cook made answer, "Brother, this is not a day on which hunger is to have any sway, thanks to the rich Camacho; get down and look about for a ladle and skim off a hen or two, and much good may they do you.
Skim off floating weeds with a net, rake, scoop or wooden board.
Once chilled, skim off any fat that has risen to the top and reserve.
Make sure you skim off any foam that appears on the surface of the soup.
The power scam is a perfect example of how they skim off public money in innovative ways," stated P's report.
The machine will be required to drive into the drained filters, skim off the top layer of dirty sand and load it to a following dumper.
skimming off room with ladle Do not skim off the fat
But Angie Bray, leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group, said that "to skim off a resource which is needed to relieve such poverty, is morally indefensible"
Insurers in the United States alone typically skim off over 10 percent of health insurance premiums, while the administrative overhead for our most prominent public insurance program, Medicare, is less than 4 percent.
Meanwhile melt butter in microwave or pan, clarify or skim off butter solids, leaving milky residue.
If you want to use the juices from the turkey, skim off the fat first.