Definition of cream something off in English:

cream something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Take the best of (a group of people or things), especially in a way that is considered unfair.

    ‘the schools cream off some of the more able pupils’
    • ‘Of course, the small integrated schools will cream off a lot of the glory because of their name and ethos.’
    • ‘The specialized schools will continue to cream off the very best of our students, while the marginal and challenged are left behind in the general high school population.’
    • ‘The result has been destructive with ‘top’ schools creaming off the best talent.’
    • ‘Now admittedly, this is largely because of the fees being creamed off by the investment managers.’
    • ‘Any system which creams off the most academically gifted children and then submits them to a national test set by all pupils should have outstanding results.’
    • ‘Who historically has skimmed the cream off the top?’
    • ‘They enable women to manage this double shift, but at the cost of their ambition, creating a twin-track labour market with men creaming off all the top jobs.’
    • ‘Lucky or prescient players would win fabulous prizes, and pure, unbiased, aggregate intelligence could be creamed off the top because markets always get it right in the end.’
    • ‘His argument is that grammar schools depress standards by creaming off the most able pupils.’
    • ‘Neighbouring schools and boroughs complained that brighter children were being creamed off, seriously disadvantaging those schools which were still genuinely comprehensive.’
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    1. 1.1 Make (an excessive profit) on a transaction.
      ‘they have been accused of creaming off fat profits in house insurance commission’
      • ‘Often, farmers get very little for the food they produce and the supermarkets cream off the profits.’
      • ‘I take the risk, the government creams off some of my profit.’
      • ‘In theory they can offer cheap loans because they are run by volunteers and there are no shareholders creaming off the profits.’
      • ‘Having winnings handed over without any deductions is an exciting and potentially rewarding perk for backers, who, until today, have seen nine per cent in tax creamed off their returns.’
      • ‘Both firms contend that they have not been creaming off massive profits from the deal, but have been covering only their costs over the enormous work involved.’
      • ‘Inquiries revealed he had also creamed off £70,000 in a VAT fraud, had once been sacked as Labour councillor on a city council and had a criminal history dating back 29 years.’
      • ‘Firms will pay a fee to the Post Office, which enables them to cream off a big profit.’
      • ‘The latter, they said, also creamed off part of ‘surplus value,’ and so created the conditions for underconsumption.’
      • ‘She never seemed to be content to simply cream off the profit from her acquisitions or her trade.’
      • ‘Instead, it is expected to recommend fees based on the amount being taken out, in a bid to protect the poorest people from having disproportionate amounts creamed off their spending money.’