scupper (plural scuppers)
- (nautical) A drainage hole on the deck of a ship.
- (architecture) A similar opening in a wall or parapet that allows water to drain from a roof.
nautical: drainage hole
architecture: drainage hole in a wall or parapet
Of unknown origin; possibly verbized form of Etymology 1, but this is unlikely.
- (Britain) Thwart or destroy, especially something belonging or pertaining to another; compare scuttle.
- The bad media coverage scuppered his chances of being elected.
- 2019 October 19, Robert Kitson, “England into World Cup semi-finals after bruising victory over Australia”, in The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media:
- Anthony Watson’s late interception and Owen Farrell’s 100% kicking contribution also helped scupper the Wallabies, despite the promise of their exciting new centre Jordan Petaia and the roadrunner pace of winger Marika Koroibete.
- 2002, Hugo Young, The Guardian (2 Jul):
- "We can't allow US tantrums to scupper global justice."