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"scalp" in British English

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scalpnoun [C]

uk   /skælp/ us   /skælp/
  • scalp noun [C] (DEFEATED PERSON)

mainly UK someone you defeat in a competition or election: Although they are expected to take some important scalps in the election, they are unlikely to form the next government.

scalpverb [T]

uk   /skælp/ us   /skælp/
  • scalp verb [T] (SELL)

US informal UK tout to buy things, such as theatre tickets, at the usual prices and then sell them, when they are difficult to get, at much higher prices
  • scalp verb [T] (HEAD)

to cut off the scalp of a dead enemy
humorous to cut someone's hair very short
(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scalp" in American English

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scalpnoun [C]

us   /skælp/
  • scalp noun [C] (HEAD)

the skin on the top of the head where the hair grows: His hair was cut so short you could see his scalp.

scalpverb [T]

us   /skælp/
  • scalp verb [T] (CUT)

to cut the hair and skin off someone’s head
  • scalp verb [T] (SELL)

(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scalp" in Business English

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scalpnoun [C]

uk   /skælp/ us   informal
someone you defeat: take a scalp They are expected to take some important scalps in the election.
be out for/after sb's scalp
to want to defeat or punish someone in some way, especially to make them lose their job: The other Democrats should be after his scalp.

scalpverb [T]

uk   /skælp/ us  
US COMMERCE to buy things, such as theatre tickets, at the usual price and then sell them when they are difficult to get at much higher prices: He made a lot of money scalping tickets for the popular musical show.
FINANCE to buy small quantities of shares, bonds, etc. and then sell them quickly in order to make a small profit: They are trying to make incremental profits by scalping shares.
(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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