I feel awkward when I am trying to express this. Sometimes when we watch a movie on a computer, we don't watch it from the beginning to the end. In this case, is there a verb or phrase that native speakers of English uses to say something like

I didn't watch the whole movie, I just ___ it on my computer.

  • "this is the worst film I have sat through this year" OR, "I didn't sit through"
    – NVZ
    Jun 7 '16 at 23:29

Skate over/aroundCambridge

To avoid dealing completely with something or to fail to pay enough attention to it.

"I didn't understand what the teacher said about prepositions, because she only skated over it."

Skim overODO

3.1. Deal with or treat (a subject) briefly or superficially

"she skimmed over her meeting with Roger—it had suddenly become rather difficult to speak of him"

Usually used in the context of reading, but can be extended to watching movies.

Skim throughTFD

To go through some reading material quickly or superficially

"I skimmed through the movie listings to see what was playing."

Cast/run one's eye overM-W

to read or look at (something) quickly.

"Please run your eye over this and let me know what you think."


You might try skipped through:

I didn't watch the whole movie, I just skipped through it on my computer.

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