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scupper (SKUP-uhr) noun

1. An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.

2. An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.

[Middle English scoper akin to possibly akin to scope, scoop.]

"Roof life and effectiveness are prolonged by clean drains, water-tight flashing, scuppers to relieve overworked drains following downpours and controlled numbers of perforations."
Jenny King; Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind; Shopping Center World; Aug 1998.

This week's theme: Nautical words

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