skim off

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

skim play
  1. : to clear (a liquid) of scum or floating substance

  2. : to remove (a film, a layer of scum, etc.) from the surface of a liquid

  3. : to remove cream from by skimming

  1. : a thin layer, coating, or film

  2. : the act of skimming

  3. : something skimmed

  1. : having the cream removed by skimming

  2. : made of skim milk

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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