There are 2 definitions of scupper in English:

scupper1

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Pronunciation: /ˈskʌpə
 
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noun

(usually scuppers)
  • 1A hole in a ship’s side to carry water overboard from the deck.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French escopir 'to spit'; compare with German Speigatt, literally 'spit hole'.

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There are 2 definitions of scupper in English:

scupper2

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Pronunciation: /ˈskʌpə
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1chiefly British Sink (a ship or its crew) deliberately: the ship was scuppered and seriously damaged
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    • Against extraordinary odds Davie and Alan fight their way out of their ship's cabin - and in a moment of desperation Alan recklessly scuppers the ship when he ignites a barrel of gunpowder in the hold.
    Synonyms
    sink, scuttle, submerge, send to the bottom, open the seacocks in

Origin

late 19th century (as military slang in the sense 'kill, especially in an ambush'): of unknown origin. The sense 'sink' dates from the 1970s.

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Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea