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scupper1

[skuhp-er] /ˈskʌp ər/
noun
1.
Nautical. a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges.
Compare freeing port.
2.
a drain, closed by one or two flaps, for allowing water from the sprinkler system of a factory or the like to run off a floor of the building to the exterior.
3.
any opening in the side of a building, as in a parapet, for draining off rain water.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier skoper. See scoop, -er1

scupper2

[skuhp-er] /ˈskʌp ər/
verb (used with object), British
1.
Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
2.
Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
Origin
1880-85; origin uncertain
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  • The detail shows a wood nailer for the transition between the insulation and the scupper penetration.
  • Enlarge existing outlet hole toward existing scupper as required, provide new slope as required toward existing downspouts.
  • All shims and scupper blocks shall be fastened securely to the plank floor.
  • Remove the metal fascia, scupper and cap on the west eyebrow roof over the entry and repair any deficiencies found.
British Dictionary definitions for scupper

scupper1

/ˈskʌpə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
2.
an opening in the side of a building for draining off water
3.
a drain in a factory floor for running off the water from a sprinkler system
Word Origin
C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop

scupper2

/ˈskʌpə/
verb (transitive) (Brit)
1.
(slang) to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
2.
to sink (one's ship) deliberately
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scupper
n.

"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.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for scupper

scupper

noun

A prostitute

[WWII Navy; probably fr the sewerish connotations of scupper, ''deck drain on a ship'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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