2 [skuhp-er]
verb (used with object) British.
Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.

1880–85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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scupper1 (ˈskʌpə)
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
[C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop]

scupper2 (ˈskʌpə)
1.  slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
2.  to sink (one's ship) deliberately
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"opening in a ship's side at deck level," late 15c., perhaps from O.Fr. escopir "to spit out," or related to Du. schop "shovel," or from M.E. scope "scoop" (see scoop).
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