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1. Nautical An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.
2. An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.
[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; see scoop.]
tr.v. scup·pered, scup·per·ing, scup·pers
1. To sink (a ship) deliberately; scuttle.
2. To thwart or ruin: scupper a business deal.
3. Chiefly British To overwhelm or massacre.
[Originally British military slang, to massacre, of unknown origin (probably later influenced by scuttle).]
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
2. (Building) an opening in the side of a building for draining off water
3. (Building) a drain in a factory floor for running off the water from a sprinkler system
[C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop]
1. slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
2. (Nautical Terms) to sink (one's ship) deliberately
[C19: of unknown origin]
1. an opening at the edge of a ship's deck that allows accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges.
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 rainwater.
[1475–85; earlier skoper]
Past participle: scuppered
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|Noun||1.||scupper - drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard|
|Verb||1.||scupper - wait in hiding to attack |
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
|2.||scupper - put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position|
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
compromise - expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"