British Englishto throw smooth, flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface [= skip American English]
skim somebody/something ↔ off
1to take the best people or the best part of something for yourself:
Professional sport skims off all the best players.
2to take money illegally or dishonestly:
For years his business partner had been skimming off the profits.
WORD FOCUS: read WORD FOCUS: read to read parts of something:dip into, flick/leaf through, browse through to read something quickly:skim, scan to read something carefully:pore over, scrutinize to read something long and boring:plough throughBritish English/plow throughAmerican English, wade through clear enough to read:legible not clear enough to read:illegible someone who is unable to read:illiterate someone who likes reading very much:bookworm ➔ See alsoread
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.