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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 of scupper2
1880-1885
1880-85; origin uncertain
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  • He was in command of the post, and Major Mallery and the other officers with him might be scuppered.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • The Huns had scuppered this battery and ransacked their dug-outs.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • "It's early days to conclude Durrance has got scuppered," said he.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
  • You would probably have all been scuppered if we had got up with the ole man.

    On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
  • "Blacker thinks we ought to have temporised, and that we shall get scuppered," said Luttrell.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • "I don't think Durrance has got scuppered," said he, as he rose from his chair.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
  • But the thought that the Boche had scuppered C Battery not a thousand yards away, and was coming on, did not improve the appetite.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
British Dictionary definitions for scuppered

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 scuppered

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 scuppered

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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