EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SKIM

Skim the lard or dripping always before you put in the fish.

Skim it well, and stir it frequently with a wooden or silver spoon.

Take the gravy that you poured from the meat, and skim off all the fat.

Then skim and strain it, carefully removing every particle of fat.

Then skim off the fat, and strain the gravy into a clean sauce-pan.

For the gravy,--take, that from the dripping-pan and skim it well.

Put some butter into a sauce-pan, set it on hot coals, and melt and skim it.

When it boils, quicken the fire, and skim the pot carefully.

Then skim off whatever milk or impurity may rise to the top.

Skim them well, and keep the kettle covered when you are not skimming.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.

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