- 1A hole in a ship’s side to carry water overboard from the deck.More example sentences
- Nylon panels on the sides of the Geckos eject water like scuppers on a tramp steamer - hop out of the river, take five steps, and the bilges are dry.
- Fleets of great armed ships, loaded to the scuppers with silver and other treasures from the Viceroyalties of Peru and New Spain, were assembled and outfitted at Havana.
- Franklin had noticed that the wake of one ship he saw was particularly smooth, and was told that the cooks had probably just discharged greasy water through the scuppers.
- 1.1An outlet in the side of a building for draining water.More example sentences
- The parapets were built with scuppers to remove the water from the roof, but when the scuppers become plugged, as they inevitably do, a dam is created that traps water on the roof.
- Then a deluge, arches of water flowing from the scuppers, splashing onto the rocks, connecting the house with the earth.
- We didn't want to run any downspouts, so we used scuppers instead, and put pavers in the earth where the rain would hit.
late Middle English: perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French escopir 'to spit'; compare with German Speigatt, literally 'spit hole'.
verb[with object] chiefly British
- 1Sink (a ship or its crew) deliberately.
- 1.1 • informal Prevent from working or succeeding; thwart: plans for a casino were scuppered by a public inquiryMore example sentences
- Being a surgeon or concert pianist is an advantage here - the disc is naturally misshaped for use in the round CD-Rom drive, so half an inch either way scuppers the exercise.
- If you're asking whether this scuppers the deal, the answer is absolutely not.
- And a growing environmentalist movement in the country has already scuppered a leading mining project.
late 19th century (as military slang in the sense 'kill, especially in an ambush'): of unknown origin. The sense 'sink' dates from the 1970s.