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verb skim pronunciation in British English /skɪm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleskimming
past tenseskimmed
past participleskimmed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove a substance that is floating on the surface of a liquid
    skim off:

    Skim the fat off the soup.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move quickly over the surface of something, or to make something do this
    skim across/over:

    Water skiers skimmed across the bay.

    1. a.
      [transitive] British to throw a flat stone across the surface of water so that it jumps several times before sinking
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to read something quickly and not very carefully
    skim through:

    Would you skim through the report and check for spelling mistakes?

  4. 4
    [transitive] if someone skims money, they take small amounts from somewhere so that people do not notice it is gone


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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