Definition Scratch the surface

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Definition

to scratch the surface (of a problem): to begin to deal with (a problem) superficially
idiom

to scratch: to claw at, to rub, to scrape, to mark
verb

a surface: an exterior, a covering, the outside, a skin
noun

Examples

  • "We've done our best to incorporate new green ideas, but I fear we're only scratching the surface of what could be done."

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