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 scalping
Contemporary Examples of scalping
“The first way to reduce the volume of scalping is to keep the tickets out of the hands of scalpers,” he said.
Finding the true culprit for the epidemic of scalping in the digital age is a little like figuring out who killed Davey Moore.
And sometimes those promoters and artists are themselves the ones doing the turning around and scalping.
Historical Examples of scalping
"Yes, scalping must be most interesting," murmured Chrysophrasia, with an air of conviction.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
Next to scalping, it is the greatest feat of the Indian warrior.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
Their pursuers now dismounted with the intention of scalping them.The Scalp Hunters
You cannot keep him alive for ever killing and scalping him.The Buffalo Runners
What could be in poorer taste than scalping a man between the soup and the remove?
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.