verb (used with object)
- to resell (tickets, merchandise, etc.) at higher than the official rates.
- to buy and sell (stocks) so as to make small quick profits.
verb (used without object)
Origin of scalp
Examples from the Web for scalped
Contemporary Examples of scalped
Wartime austerity did not prevent people coughing up as much as $20 for a scalped ticket.Dead Cool: Florence Foster Jenkins
July 10, 2010
Historical Examples of scalped
But a boy who was scalped by them was cured, and escaped with life.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
He was then scalped and permitted to remain in that situation for several hours.
One of them had been knocked down and scalped, but was not killed.
The Indian, leaping to his side, had scalped him before Rodney realized what had happened.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
It is a terrible operation to be scalped, and few survive it.Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
Word Origin for scalp
mid-14c., "top of the head (including hair)," presumably from a Scandinavian source (though exact cognates are wanting) related to Old Norse skalli "a bald head," skalpr "sheath, scabbard,"from the source of scale (n.1). French scalpe, German, Danish, Swedish skalp are from English. Meaning "head skin and hair as proof of death or a victory trophy" is from c.1600.
"to cut off (someone's) scalp," 1670s, from scalp (n.), originally in reference to North American Indians. For ticket re-selling sense, see scalper. Related: Scalped; scalping. Cf. German skalpern, Danish skalpere, Swedish skalpera. French scalper is from Germanic. Similarity to Latin scalpere "to cut, carve" is accidental.