The minister fears that now even lesser frictions could scupper the new agreement.
As the equality movement found a renewed focus and determination, so its opponents ratcheted up their efforts to scupper it.
Every port and scupper was working to ease the weight of North Atlantic that perpetually fell on board.
"Here, all hands," he ordered, and shoved his rifle out of the scupper.
Then he indicated the two glasses, which had rolled into the scupper channel.
"Not so easy," he muttered, flicking the match into the scupper.
It obstructs the approaches to the 'scupper' in front of my cabin door.
Sneak aboard, get into a scupper or a barrel or something, and ship for America.'
scupper, sure that he was not actually going to be hit, escaped with an ease and jauntiness which he was far from feeling.
We had been put for safety into the hollow part of the boat where the seats are—I forget what they call it—the scupper, I think.
"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.)).
[WWII Navy; probably fr the sewerish connotations of scupper, ''deck drain on a ship'']