Definition of skim off
1 : to remove a layer of (something) from the surface of a liquid She skimmed the cream off the milk.
2 : to take (something valuable) for oneself out of something else He skimmed off some of the profits.
Word by Word Definitions
: from a place or position
: away from land
: at a distance in space or time
: used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union
: to seaward of
: from the possession or charge of
: more removed or distant
: to go away : depart
: kill, murder
: office; officer; official
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