Scratch the Surface

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Just begin to get involved in any matter, just bother to deal with things at surface

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  • This is a well saying 19th century phrase. You know that in farming, to plant something you have to dig the ground deep. In the field of archeology, to explore ancient specimen, you have to dig in deep. If you only scratch the surface of something, you do that work superficially without being deeply involved in it. Later in the 20th century, this expression was shifted to deal with all areas of life.
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Please just do not scratch the surface to help find the old lady her lost child do something serious!!

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Scratch the Surface':

scratch the surfaceTo barely begin; to see or do only a fraction of what is possible.
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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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