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English definition of “scupper”


verb [T] (SPOIL)    /ˈskʌp.ər/ US  //
to cause something such as a plan or an opportunity to fail : Arriving late for the interview scuppered my chances of getting the job .Upsetting and destabilizing
(Definition of scupper verb (SPOIL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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