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Idiom of the week – Scratch the surface

Posted by englishlessons on May 13, 2013

Definition:

investigate or treat something superficially

Examples:

This is a complex issue and we’ve just scratched the surface. We will need to spend more time studying it.

The investigation has just begun. We’ve only started to scratch the surface.

Picture it:

Picture making a light scratch on a hard surface. It’s a superficial mark.

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