scupper

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[ skuhp-er ]
/ ˈskʌp ər /

noun

Nautical. a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges.Compare freeing port.
a drain, closed by one or two flaps, for allowing water from the sprinkler system of a factory or the like to run off a floor of the building to the exterior.
any opening in the side of a building, as in a parapet, for draining off rainwater.

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Origin of scupper

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First recorded in 1475–85; Middle English skopor, scopper; further origin uncertain

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Definition for scupper (2 of 2)

scupper2
[ skuhp-er ]
/ ˈskʌp ər /

verb (used with object)

Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck: The snowstorm scuppered our plans for the evening.
British. to sink (a vessel) deliberately; scuttle.

Origin of scupper

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First recorded in 1880–85; originally British military slang “to massacre, slaughter”; further origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for scupper (1 of 2)

scupper1
/ (ˈskʌpə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for scupper

C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop

British Dictionary definitions for scupper (2 of 2)

scupper2
/ (ˈskʌpə) /

verb (tr) British

slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
to sink (one's ship) deliberately

Word Origin for scupper

C19: of unknown origin
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