|Origin:||Probably from scud + shuttle|
|Origin:||scuttle 'opening in the side of a ship' (15-21 centuries), probably from Old Spanish escotilla|
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.
to sink a ship by making holes in the bottom, especially in order to prevent it being used by an enemy