scupper, 1917

Marc Velasco marcjvelasco at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 6 16:43:08 UTC 2008

> I have no evidence pro or con, but I find it easy to imagine British
> sailors metaphoring "to be
> killed" as "to be poured through the scupper".

It may be likely that the 'kill' usage came from the usage below which
effectively 'kills' a ship:

2*. to sink (one's ship) deliberately [origin unknown]

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