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skim
p prés etc -mm-
British English: /skɪm/
American English: /skɪm/

Translation of skim in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (remove cream)
    écrémer (milk)
    (remove scum) écumer (liquid)
    (remove fat) dégraisser (sauce, soup)
    to skim the fat from the surface of the soup, to skim the soup to remove the fat
    dégraisser la soupe
    to skim oil from the sea
    enlever le pétrole de la surface de la mer par écumage
  • 2 (touch lightly)
    (plane, bird)
    raser, frôler (surface, treetops)
    the article only skims the surface of the problem
    l'article ne fait qu'effleurer le problème
  • 4 (throw on water)
    faire des ricochets avec (piece of glass, object)
    to skim stones
    faire des ricochets avec des cailloux
  • 5
    [informal]
    (American English) (Finance)
    ne pas déclarer (part of income)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (plane, bird)to skim over ou across ou along something
    raser quelque chose
  • 2 (reader)to skim through ou over something
    parcourir quelque chose
    in his speech he skimmed over the unpalatable facts
    dans son discours il est passé rapidement sur les faits désagréables

Phrasal verbs

skim off

skim off [something], skim [something] off
retirer, enlever (cream, fat, scum, dross)
to skim off the fat from the sauce
dégraisser la sauce
skim off the cream from the milk
écrémer le lait

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