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Topic: WATER

Sense: 1
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from scud + shuttle
Sense: 2,3
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: scuttle 'opening in the side of a ship' (15-21 centuries), probably from Old Spanish escotilla

scuttle

1 verb
     
scut‧tle1
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move quickly with short steps, especially because you are afraid and do not want to be noticed:
A little lizard scuttled across the path.
2 [transitive] American English to ruin or end someone's plans or chance of being successful - used especially in news reports [= scupper British English]
The incident threatens to scuttle the peace process.
3 [transitive]TTW to sink a ship by making holes in the bottom, especially in order to prevent it being used by an enemy
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