Scupper meaning

skŭpər
(nautical) An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.
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(chiefly british) To overwhelm or massacre.
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An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.
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To sink (a ship) deliberately; scuttle.
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To thwart or ruin.

Scupper a business deal.

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An opening in a ship's side to allow water to drain from a weather deck.
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A similar outlet in a building, as for water to run off from a floor or roof.
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(brit., informal) To wreck; ruin.

Our plans were scuppered.

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(nautical) A drainage hole on the deck of a ship.
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(architecture) A similar opening in a wall or parapet that allows water to drain from a roof.
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(UK) Thwart or destroy, especially something belonging or pertaining to another; compare scuttle.

The bad media coverage scuppered his chances of being elected.

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Origin of scupper

  • Middle English scoper- (in scopernail nail for attaching leather under a scupper to prevent dirty water from soiling the hull) probably from scopen to scoop from scope a scoop scoop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally British military slang to massacre, of unknown origin (probably later influenced by scuttle)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch scheppen (“to draw off")

    From Wiktionary

  • Of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary