scratch the surface : Popular Idioms in English

scratch the surface

To deal with something superficially

Rita was determined to get the funding she needed to open a soup kitchen, even though she knew that offering free food for the homeless was only scratching the surface of the problem.

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  • South Memphis Excursion
    Two national journalists get a firsthand look at the city’s food desert problem. by Louis Goggans Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the city’s food desert crisis can’t be fixed in one either. But two national journalists on a cross-country tour are hoping to scratch the surface and get a taste of local culture at the same time.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    June 20, 2013 - The Memphis Flyer