Skate over

World English Dictionary
skate over
 
vb
1.  to cross on or as if on skates
2.  to avoid dealing with (a matter) fully

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skate over

Treat superficially or hurriedly, avoid mentioning, as in He concentrated on the main points of the contract and skated over the details. This idiom transfers the gliding motion of skating to dealing with something in a cursory way. [Mid-1900s]

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