Idiom of the Week – Week 17

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to scratch the surface”:  to deal with something only in a superficial way that doesn’t deal with the main issue;  nur an der Oberfläche kratzen

Example 1:  The team-building weekend was helpful, but it only scratched the surface when it comes to solving the issues among the employees.

Example 2:  It’s a start, but the amount of money promised by the government will only scratch the surface. It isn’t enough to deal with the root of the problem.

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