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Definition of scuttle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scuttle
    he / she / it scuttles
    past simple scuttled
    -ing form scuttling
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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

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