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scuttle

verb  /ˈskʌt̬·əl/ us  

scuttle verb (RUN)

[I always + adv/prep] to move quickly, with small, short steps: We heard rats scuttling by in the dark.

scuttle verb (GIVE UP)

[T] to give up a plan or activity, or spoil a possibility for success: Angry workers scuttled all hope of quick agreement on a new contract.

scuttle verb (SINK)

[T] to intentionally sink a ship by opening a hole in the bottom or sides
Translations of “scuttle”
in Spanish echar a correr…
in French courir précipitament…
in German eiliger Gang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 跑, (尤指爲逃脫)碎步快跑,快速移動…
in Chinese (Simplified) 跑, (尤指为逃脱)碎步快跑,快速移动…
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