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scuttle

verb uk   /ˈskʌt.l̩/ us    /ˈskʌt̬-/

scuttle verb (RUN)

[I usually + adv/prep] to move quickly, with small, short steps, especially in order to escape: A crab scuttled away under a rock as we passed. The children scuttled off as soon as the headmaster appeared.

scuttle verb (SINK)

[T] to intentionally sink a ship, especially your own, in order to prevent it from being taken by an enemy

scuttle verb (STOP)

[T] to stop something happening, or to cause a plan to fail

scuttle

noun [C] uk   /ˈskʌt.l̩/ us    /ˈskʌt̬-/
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