(of a vessel) deliberately sunk, often by opening seacocks or making openings in the hull: It is important to ensure that the scuttled vessel is suitably weighted and negatively buoyant so it will sink rapidly and remain stable on the bottom.
abandoned, dropped, cut, or thwarted, as a hope, plan, program, etc.: In the fallout over the scuttled deal, two executives were fired for ethical violations related to the negotiations.
the simple past tense and past participle of scuttle1.
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How to use scuttled in a sentence
But his incipient campaign was scuttled, and he soon separated from his fourth wife.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry | Lloyd Grove | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This strategy seemed do-able and brilliant,” Salem nonetheless wrote of the scuttled scheme in his self-review.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat | Michael Daly | June 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The dispute was settled with so many bombs and bullets that both plans were scuttled.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend | Michael Daly | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The plan was scuttled two years ago, according to published reports.
I hoped my translator, who had scuttled off, would raise the alarm.
My spurs fairly lifted the dun horse, and we scuttled in the opposite direction like a scared antelope.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
In her nostrils was the autumn perfume of the woods, and as they strode forward in silence a rabbit scuttled from their path.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
I covered the entire floor, shaking a bit in nervousness as a rat scuttled to safety.
The smugglers scuttled the ship and endeavoured to escape, but were captured, and are thought to have been all hanged.The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
From the grass nine Indians arose, stooped, and scuttled off like a covey of running quail.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White