scuttle

When you scuttle, you move with quick anxious steps, like a bug running for cover when a light is turned on.

Use the word scuttle when you want to describe running or fast walking that’s characterized by short, hasty steps, like someone or something that tries to hurry — a person who is late for work scuttling through a crowd of slow-moving pedestrians — but can't. Scuttle has a number of other meanings. As a noun, it can refer to a container for coal or a hatch on a ship. If you scuttle a plan, you cancel or undermine it.

Definitions of scuttle
  1. verb
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    synonyms: scamper, scurry, skitter
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    types:
    crab
    scurry sideways like a crab
    type of:
    run
    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
  2. verb
    sink a ship by creating holes in the hull
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    type of:
    sink
    cause to sink
  3. verb
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    synonyms: baffle, bilk, confound, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart
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    disappoint, let down
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
    dash
    destroy or break
    short-circuit
    hamper the progress of; impede
    ruin
    destroy or cause to fail
    betray, fail
    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    come short, fall short
    fail to meet (expectations or standards)
    disenchant, disillusion
    free from enchantment
    undo
    cause the ruin or downfall of
    break
    cause the failure or ruin of
    shipwreck
    ruin utterly
    type of:
    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  4. noun
    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
    synonyms: hatchway, opening
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    escape hatch
    hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
    type of:
    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
  5. noun
    container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
    synonyms: coal scuttle
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    type of:
    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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