scuttle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"scuttle" in British English

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scuttleverb

uk   /ˈskʌt.l̩/  us   /ˈskʌt̬-/

scuttle verb (RUN)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​movequickly, with ​small, ​shortsteps, ​especially in ​order to ​escape: A ​crab scuttled away under a ​rock as we ​passed. The ​children scuttled off as ​soon as the ​headteacherappeared.

scuttle verb (SINK)

[T] to ​intentionallysink a ​ship, ​especiallyyour 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

scuttlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈskʌt.l̩/  us   /ˈskʌt̬-/
(Definition of scuttle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scuttleverb

 us   /ˈskʌt̬·əl/

scuttle verb (RUN)

[I always + adv/prep] to move ​quickly, with ​small, ​shortsteps: We ​heardrats 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 ​quickagreement on a new ​contract.

scuttle verb (SINK)

[T] to ​intentionallysink a ​ship by ​opening a ​hole in the ​bottom or ​sides
(Definition of scuttle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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