1A hole in a ship’s side to carry water overboard from the deck.
- 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.
- 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.
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 inquiry
More 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.