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Friday, March 08, 2013

Definitions for scupper

  1. Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
  2. Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.

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Citations for scupper
But what if Ira had tried to back out, threatening to scupper the entire thing? Mark Zuehlke, Hands Like Clouds, 2000
Last summer, Edward DeMarco, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator, scuppered the White House's plan to write down principal for half a million homeowners who'd fallen behind on payments, listing among his reasons that it would encourage others to stop paying. Tad Friend, "Home Economics," The New Yorker, Feb. 4, 2013
Origin of scupper
Scupper first entered English as a nautical noun in the late 1400s. The verb senses did not enter English until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.