skim off

phrasal verb

skimmed off; skimming off; skims off
: to remove a layer of (something) from the surface of a liquid
She skimmed the cream off the milk.
: to take (something valuable) for oneself out of something else
He skimmed off some of the profits.

Examples of skim off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clarify the butter by melting it in a small saucepan over low heat and then skimming off the white solids that rise to the top. Ella Quittner, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The Islamist group has raised tens of millions of dollars by skimming off humanitarian assistance and taxing economic activity stirred by a trade opening into its Gaza Strip stronghold, according to independent researchers and current and former Western security officials. Ian Talley, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Tilt the slow cooker slightly, and skim off solids using a fine-wire mesh strainer. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 After time in the refrigerator, the bartender skims off all that rises to the surface—about a quarter of the initial wax. Noah Lederman, Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2023 Remove from the heat, skim off foam and cool until warm or room temperature to use right away, or transfer to a jar and refrigerate until ready to use. cleveland, 28 Aug. 2023 Cook on low for at least ten hours, occasionally skimming off fat and foam from top. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 3 Aug. 2023 Once the soup is simmering again, skim off any foam that floats to the top with a fine-mesh strainer. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2023 Before states receive any money, however, members of Congress can skim off the top of the funds. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 See More

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“Skim off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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