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scalp

[skalp] /skælp/
noun
1.
the integument of the upper part of the head, usually including the associated subcutaneous structures.
2.
a part of this integument with the accompanying hair, severed from the head of an enemy as a sign of victory, as by some North American Indians and others during the colonial and frontier periods in the U.S.
3.
any token of victory.
4.
the integument on the top of the head of an animal.
5.
Informal. a small profit made in quick buying and selling.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cut or tear the scalp from.
7.
Informal.
  1. to resell (tickets, merchandise, etc.) at higher than the official rates.
  2. to buy and sell (stocks) so as to make small quick profits.
8.
to plane down the surfaces of (an ingot, billet, or slab).
verb (used without object)
9.
Informal. to scalp tickets, stocks, or the like.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (north) (noun), perhaps < Old Norse skālpr sheath (hence, metaphorically a covering)
Related forms
scalper, noun
scalpless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scalper

scalp

/skælp/
noun
1.
(anatomy) the skin and subcutaneous tissue covering the top of the head
2.
(among North American Indians) a part of this removed as a trophy from a slain enemy
3.
a trophy or token signifying conquest
4.
(hunting, mainly US) a piece of hide cut from the head of a victim as a trophy or as proof of killing in order to collect a bounty
5.
(informal, mainly US) a small speculative profit taken in quick transactions
6.
(Scot, dialect) a projection of bare rock from vegetation
verb (transitive)
7.
to cut the scalp from
8.
(informal, mainly US) to purchase and resell (securities) quickly so as to make several small profits
9.
(informal) to buy (tickets) cheaply and resell at an inflated price
Derived Forms
scalper, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skalpr sheath, Middle Dutch schelpe, Danish skalp husk
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Word Origin and History for scalper
scalp
c.1300, presumably from a Scand. source (though exact cognates are wanting) related to O.N. skalli "bald head," skalpr "sheath," from the source of scale (n.2). Fr. scalpe, Ger., Swed. skalp are from English. The verb meaning "to cut off (someone's) scalp" is recorded from 1676, originally in ref. to N.Amer. Indians.
scalper
"person who re-sells tickets at unauthorized prices for a profit," 1869, Amer.Eng., originally of the unused portions of long-distance railroad tickets. Probably from the verbal sense of scalp (q.v.).; perhaps the connecting sense is the bounty offered for scalps of certain destructive animals (attested in New England from 1703) and sometimes Indians (i.e., having only part of something, but still getting paid). Some, though, see a connection rather to scalpel, the surgical instrument.
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scalper in Medicine

scalp (skālp)
n.
The skin covering the top of the head.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scalper

scalper

noun
  1. A person who scalps tickets (1869+)
  2. A person who places bets and backs bets in such a way that he will win whether the horse wins or loses (1960s+ Gambling)

scalp

verb

To sell tickets at a higher than normal or legal price (1883+)


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