Definition of “scalp” - English Dictionary

“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)