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Meaning of scupper

scup•per

Pronunciation: (skup'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges. Cf.
  2. a drain, closed by one or two flaps, for allowing water from the sprinkler system of a factory or the like to run off a floor of the building to the exterior.
  3. any opening in the side of a building, as in a parapet, for draining off rain water.

scup•per

Pronunciation: (skup'ur), [key]
— v.t. Brit.
  1. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
  2. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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