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Meaning of scuttlebutt

scut•tle•butt

Pronunciation: (skut'l-but"), [key]
— n.
    1. an open cask of drinking water.
    2. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
  1. rumor or gossip.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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