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.

Primary Meanings of scuttle

1.
v
move about or proceed hurriedly
2.
v
sink a ship by creating holes in the hull
3.
n
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
4.
n
container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
Full Definitions of scuttle
1

v move about or proceed hurriedly

Synonyms:
scamper, scurry, skitter
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

v sink a ship by creating holes in the hull

Type of:
sink
cause to sink

v hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Synonyms:
baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart
Types:
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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, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
3

n an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

Synonyms:
hatchway, opening
Types:
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)
4

n container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire

Synonyms:
coal scuttle
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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