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scupper2

[skuhp-er]
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verb (used with object) British.
  1. Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
  2. Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.

Origin of scupper2

First recorded in 1880–85; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for scuppered

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  • The Huns had scuppered this battery and ransacked their dug-outs.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • You would probably have all been scuppered if we had got up with the ole man.

    On the Heels of De Wet</p>

    The Intelligence Officer

  • He was in command of the post, and Major Mallery and the other officers with him might be scuppered.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren

  • "Blacker thinks we ought to have temporised, and that we shall get scuppered," said Luttrell.

    The Summons

    A.E.W. Mason

  • "It's early days to conclude Durrance has got scuppered," said he.

    The Four Feathers</p>

    A. E. W. Mason


British Dictionary definitions for scuppered

scupper1

noun
  1. nautical a drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
  2. an opening in the side of a building for draining off water
  3. a drain in a factory floor for running off the water from a sprinkler system

Word Origin

C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop

scupper2

verb (tr) British
  1. slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
  2. to sink (one's ship) deliberately

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scuppered

scupper

n.

"opening in a ship's side at deck level to let the water flow out," early 15c., perhaps from Old French escopir "to spit out," or related to Dutch schop "shovel," or from Middle English scope "scoop" (see scoop (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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