English version

skim somebody/something ↔ off

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishskim somebody/something ↔ off phrasal verb1 TAKE something FROM somebodyto take the best people or the best part of something for yourself Professional sport skims off all the best players.2 to take money illegally or dishonestly For years his business partner had been skimming off the profits. skim→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
skim offAs the grey scum rises, skim it off.Cleanup crews, meanwhile, skimmed oil off the water and lowered the boom.
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Verb table
skim
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyskim
he, she, itskims
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyskimmed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave skimmed
he, she, ithas skimmed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad skimmed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill skim
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have skimmed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam skimming
he, she, itis skimming
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you, we, theyare skimming
Past
I, he, she, itwas skimming
you, we, theywere skimming
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been skimming
he, she, ithas been skimming
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been skimming
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be skimming
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been skimming
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