• WordNet 3.6
    • v scupper put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
    • v scupper wait in hiding to attack
    • n scupper drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scupper (Naut) An opening cut through the waterway and bulwarks of a ship, so that water falling on deck may flow overboard; -- called also scupper hole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scupper Nautical, an opening in the side of a ship at the level of the deck, or slanting from it, to allow water to run off; also, the gutter or channel surrounding the deck, and leading to such openings: often in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scupper skup′ėr a hole in the side of a ship to carry off water from the deck (often pl.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escopir, escupir, to spit, perhaps for escospir, L. ex + conspuere, to spit upon; pref. con-, + spuere, to spit. Cf. Spit (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escopir, to spit out—L. exspuĕreex-, out, spuĕre, to spit; or prob. from Dut. schoppen, to scoop away.


In literature:

There was a gush of waters from her scuppers.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
Nearly at every roll the sea came washing over the deck, and sweeping everything away into the scuppers.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Every inch of plank was fiercely contested, and literally our scuppers ran streams of blood.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
His prayer-book he had abandoned during a fright, and it was washing about in the lee-scuppers.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
O'Brien laughed very heartily, and told me never to mind, but to keep in the lee-scuppers and watch him.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Mr Blurt, feeling an irresistible impulse, tried to embrace him, but was thrust aside, fell, and rolled into the lee-scuppers.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
As he was passing from the mast to the companion a heavy sea burst over the bulwarks, and swept him into the scuppers.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
Some of that last one, about scuppers, now.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The Huns had scuppered this battery and ransacked their dug-outs.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
It became very rough, and the baby, of course, crawled out and was found in the scuppers.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

In poetry:

We manned the fuming cannon
And bartered hell for hell,
While the scuppers sang with coursing life
Where the dead and dying fell.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
"You're so like my Sister Sally,
Both in valk and face and size,
Miss, that—dang my old lee scuppers,
It brings tears into my heyes!"
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Pull the yards ’round, lads, with a yo-ho!
Lug the fors’il ’round. Let the scuppers slobber an’ let the tempest
Let the wrack to win’ward churn the sea below—
Lads, we’re home-bound!
"Squaring the Yards" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) sought to be allies with Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (left), but that plan was scuppered by a mysterious shipment of arms.
Rusty Scupper's Shrimp Scampi .
Rusty Scupper 's Shrimp Scampi.
Rusty Scupper 's Blackened Scallops.
All the water used to wash the deck was pushed toward the scupper .
Will The Olympics Scupper Your Move.
Did Fukushima scupper nuclear power.
Gerard Butler's birthday plans scuppered by visa denial .
Merge Healthcare competed with Thoma Bravo in March 2010 when it agreed to buy AMICAS, a provider of healthcare imaging solutions, for $248 million, scuppering a merger agreement with the private equity firm .
Merge Healthcare competed with Thoma Bravo in March 2010 when it agreed to buy AMICAS, a provider of healthcare imaging solutions, for $248 million, scuppering a merger agreement with the private equity firm.

In science:

With reason on both points, they point out that such prudence will make it harder for the conservatives to scupper the course and also might make people take my political message more seriously.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days