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Scratch the surface

DEFINITION

Shallow understanding. A ‘scratch’ is in contrast to a deep dive into understanding something. The phrase presents only a mere appreciation of a subject, process or person.

“I’ve studied European history for many years but I realize that I have only just scratched the surface of what there is to know.”

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