cream off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycream off
he/she/itcreams off
present participlecreaming off
past tensecreamed off
past participlecreamed off
  1. 1
    to take the best people or things from a larger group in order to form a smaller special group

    They always cream off all the best students.

  2. 2
    to take a lot of money or profit, especially an unfair amount, in a business deal

    He wondered how much Lawton had creamed off in addition to his share.

See also main entry: cream