- Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
- Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
Origin of scupper2
Examples from the Web for scuppered
The bid was expected to be approved before it was scuppered by the phone hacking scandal this summer.Sir Harold Evans Fights Back Against Rupert Murdoch at Leveson Inquiry
May 17, 2012
Alas, the filming of Roman Holiday went on too long and scuppered the wedding plans entirely.Audrey's Blockbuster Auction
December 9, 2009
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
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
"It's early days to conclude Durrance has got scuppered," said he.The Four Feathers
A. E. W. Mason
- 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
- slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
- to sink (one's ship) deliberately
Word Origin and History for scuppered
"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.)).