Definition of scalp in English:

scalp

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Pronunciation: /skalp
 
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noun

  • 1The skin covering the head, excluding the face: hair tonics will improve the condition of your hair and scalp
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    • Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly.
    • Medically speaking, it is a condition where the skin cells on the scalp go into over drive and are produced in excess, which gives rise to irritation and itching.
    • Dandruff is characterised by small, loose flakes of dead skin on the scalp or trapped in the hair.
  • 1.1 historical The scalp with the hair belonging to it, cut or torn away from an enemy’s head as a battle trophy, a former practice among American Indians.
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    • Young Pawnee warriors proudly stole horses and scalps from their enemies, the Sioux.
    • The differences between what happened at Fort William Henry and at Niagara need not be seen as evolutionary; the aftermath of battle had yielded many scalps and prisoners for the Iroquois at Niagara.
    • After the Indians killed soldiers, they would take their scalps as trophies.
  • 1.2Used with reference to the defeat of an opponent: in rugby Gloucester claimed the scalp of would-be champions Bath
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    • In Thailand the internet has nurtured an unprecedented civic consciousness and a new anti-corruption watchdog has claimed the scalp of the interior minister.
    • They have also already claimed the scalp of Lazio.
    • But for the on-loan Welshman, United would already have claimed the scalp of Martin O'Neill's men this term.
  • 2Scottish A bare rock projecting above surrounding water or vegetation.

verb

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  • 1 historical Take the scalp of (an enemy): none of the soldiers were scalped
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    • This squares with the team song, which goes on about scalping the enemy and other warrior skills, befitting for a game of violence, which football clearly is (I speak as a fan).
    • Historians Hippocrates and Herodotus thought that the Amazons had to fight until they had scalped three enemies before they were permitted to mate.
    • Where almost all the bodies of the Cavalry soldiers had been scalped the bodies of Keogh and Custer were not harmed apart from their battle wounds.
  • 1.1 informal Punish severely: if I ever heard anybody doing that I’d scalp them
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    • I would like feedback on this new project I'm working on though, without posting it preferably, because I have a feeling I'd be scalped for starting something new when I'm working on this.
    • He carefully moved aside papers; he knew if he messed up his mother's work she'd scalp him.
  • 2North American informal Resell (shares or tickets) at a large or quick profit: tickets were scalped for forty times their face value
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    • Last spring, fans scalped tickets at Boston-New York spring training games!
    • Bobby began his working life scalping tickets to Boston Celtics games and ended up buying the hallowed parquet floor of the Boston Garden before it was torn down.
    • Tickets were being scalped for $200, and commemorative pins were sold to mark the occasion.

Derivatives

scalper

noun
sense 2 of the verb.
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  • I know that most people would give their right arm - and I think some of them must at the prices asked to get a ticket from the scalpers (ticket touts) - for a chance to go to the Masters but for me it actually is quite a bit of hassle.
  • Secondly, I could not believe the amount of scalpers (ticket touts to us) looking for tickets.
  • Although I would prefer to go by ship, I will not buy a ticket from scalpers.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.

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