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2 definitions found
 for scupper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scupper \Scup"per\, n. [OF. escopir, escupir, to spit, perhaps
     for escospir, L. ex + conspuere to spit upon; pref. con- +
     spuere to spit. Cf. Spit, v.] (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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Scupper hose (Naut.), a pipe of leather, canvas, etc.,
        attached to the mouth of the scuppers, on the outside of a
        vessel, to prevent the water from entering. --Totten.
  
     Scupper nail (Naut.), a nail with a very broad head, for
        securing the edge of the hose to the scupper.
  
     Scupper plug (Naut.), a plug to stop a scupper. --Totten.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scupper
      n 1: drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow
           overboard
      v 1: wait in hiding to attack [syn: ambush, scupper,
           bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait]
      2: put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
         [syn: queer, expose, scupper, endanger, peril]

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