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scuttle2

[skuht-l] /ˈskʌt l/
verb (used without object), scuttled, scuttling.
1.
to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
noun
2.
a quick pace.
3.
a short, hurried run.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English scottlynge (gerund), variant of scuddle, frequentative of scud1
Synonyms
1. hasten, hurry, scamper, scramble.

scuttle3

[skuht-l] /ˈskʌt l/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  1. a small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
  2. a cover for this.
2.
a small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.
verb (used with object), scuttled, scuttling.
3.
to sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
4.
to abandon, withdraw from, or cause to be abandoned or destroyed (as plans, hopes, rumors, etc.).
Origin
1490-1500; perhaps ≪ Spanish escotilla hatchway, equivalent to escot(e) a cutting of cloth (< Gothic skaut seam; akin to sheet1) + -illa diminutive suffix
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Examples from the web for scuttling
  • Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed and some would-buyers can't sell their old homes.
  • Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed.
  • scuttling means to cut or open a hole in a ship's hull to sink the ship.
  • Ironically, it might have been an effort to promote local scenery that led to the scuttling of this plan.
  • By scuttling down the stem of a cattail or other water plant, the spider can even escape or hunt below the surface.
  • At other times, our review has led to the scuttling of initiatives from which the community would benefit.
  • It eyes the truck then lifts its tail, scuttling along the ground, neck outstretched.
British Dictionary definitions for scuttling

scuttle1

/ˈskʌtəl/
noun
1.
2.
(dialect, mainly Brit) a shallow basket, esp for carrying vegetables
3.
the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet
Word Origin
Old English scutel trencher, from Latin scutella bowl, diminutive of scutra platter; related to Old Norse skutill, Old High German scuzzila, perhaps to Latin scūtum shield

scuttle2

/ˈskʌtəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to run or move about with short hasty steps
noun
2.
a hurried pace or run
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from scud, influenced by shuttle

scuttle3

/ˈskʌtəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to cause (a vessel) to sink by opening the seacocks or making holes in the bottom
2.
(transitive) to give up (hopes, plans, etc)
noun
3.
(nautical) a small hatch or its cover
Word Origin
C15 (n): via Old French from Spanish escotilla a small opening, from escote opening in a piece of cloth, from escotar to cut out
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Word Origin and History for scuttling

scuttle

n.

"bucket," late Old English scutel "dish, platter," from Latin scutella "serving platter" (source also of French écuelle, Spanish escudilla, Italian scudella "a plate, bowl"), diminutive of scutra "flat tray, dish," perhaps related to scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)).

A common Germanic borrowing from Latin (cf. Old Norse skutill, Middle Dutch schotel, Old High German scuzzila, German Schüssel "a dish"). Meaning "basket for sifting grain" is attested from mid-14c.; sense of "bucket for holding coal" first recorded 1849.

v.

"scamper, scurry," mid-15c., probably related to scud (v.). Related: Scuttled; scuttling.

I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.
[T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"]

"cut a hole in a ship to sink it," 1640s, from skottell (n.) "opening in a ship's deck" (late 15c.), from Middle French escoutille (Modern French écoutille) or directly from Spanish escotilla "hatchway," diminutive of escota "opening in a garment," from escotar "cut out," perhaps from e- "out" (see ex-) + Germanic *skaut-. Figurative use is recorded from 1888. Related: Scuttled; scuttling.

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