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English definition of “scuttle”


verb [T] (GIVE UP)   /ˈskʌt̬·əl/
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 .
(Definition of scuttle verb (GIVE UP) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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