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scupper

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Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch scheppen (to draw off)

NounEdit

scupper (plural scuppers)

  1. (nautical) A drainage hole on the deck of a ship.
  2. (architecture) A similar opening in a wall or parapet that allows water to drain from a roof.
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Etymology 2Edit

Of unknown origin.

VerbEdit

scupper (third-person singular simple present scuppers, present participle scuppering, simple past and past participle scuppered)

  1. (UK) Thwart or destroy, especially something belonging or pertaining to another; compare scuttle.
    The bad media coverage scuppered his chances of being elected.
    • 2002, Hugo Young, The Guardian (2 Jul):
      "We can't allow US tantrums to scupper global justice."
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