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Definition of scuttle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scuttle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuttle
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtl//
     
    he / she / it scuttles
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtlz//
     
    past simple scuttled
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtld//
     
    past participle scuttled
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtld//
     
    -ing form scuttling
    BrE BrE//ˈskʌtlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskʌtlɪŋ//
     
    Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to run with quick short steps synonym scurry She scuttled off when she heard the sound of his voice. He held his breath as a rat scuttled past. The rain sent everyone scuttling for cover.
  2. 2[transitive] scuttle something to deliberately cause something to fail synonym foil Shareholders successfully scuttled the deal.
  3. 3[transitive] scuttle something to sink a ship deliberately by making holes in the side or bottom of it See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  4. Word Originverb sense 1 late 15th cent.: compare with dialect scuddle, frequentative of scud. verb senses 2 to 3 late 15th cent. (as a noun): perhaps from Old French escoutille, from the Spanish diminutive escotilla ‘hatchway’. The verb dates from the mid 17th cent.

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