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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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British Dictionary definitions for scuppers

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 scuppers
scupper
"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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Slang definitions & phrases for scuppers

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.
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