But whether out of professorial reserve or budding political caution, Mr. Obama would not say so directly. “He surfaced all the competing points of view on Guinier’s proposals with total neutrality and equanimity,” Mr. Franklin said. “He just let the class debate the merits of them back and forth.”
I gather it means to go over superficially, not delving deep into motives, etc. A quick once-over, shall we say.
Does anyone out there know of any other such uses?
Link to full article, for those interested:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/us/po ... nted=print