[ verb ] remove from the surface
"skim cream from the surface of milk"
Used in print(The Wall Street Journal,...)
The simple-minded comedy of Dogberry and Verges , also familiar in a day that responds easily to jokes skimmed_off the top of writers ' heads , evoked laughter .(Marian Nester, "New Methods of Parapsychology"...)
Now when , so_to_speak , the cream has been skimmed_off , and the items in the successful categories separated_out , the sitter can be asked to consider and rate only this concentrated `` cream '' , where the sensitive is at her best .