off the top

 Before any deductions are made; from the most profitable part.
 ► “However, in an effort to prevent SKIMMING off the top, telecom operators will not be permitted to only take part in the more lucrative international sector.” (Business Korea, July 1994, p. 33)

American business jargon. 2014.

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