scalp «skalp», noun, verb.
1. the skin and hair on the top and back of the head.
2. a) a part of this skin and hair cut off as a token of victory. Some Indians of North America used to collect the scalps of their enemies. b) Figurative: »

The angry Chancellor made no bones of the fact he was out to get Dehler's political scalp (Newsweek).

3. Informal. a small profit made by quickly buying and selling.
1. to cut or tear the scalp from: »

A party of St. Francis Indians…scalped one of his companions (George Bancroft).

2. Informal. a) to buy and sell to make small, quick profits. b) to trade in (as theater tickets or stocks), especially buying at face value and selling at higher prices.
Informal. to buy and sell, as theater tickets or stocks, to make small, quick profits: »

A corporation like the Pennsylvania Railroad must protect itself against loss through scalping (Nation).

[perhaps < Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic skālpr sheath)]
scalp´er, noun.

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  • Scalp — Scalp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scalped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scalping}.] 1. To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) To remove the skin of. [1913 Webster] We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye]. J …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scalp — Scalp, n. [Perhaps akin to D. schelp shell. Cf. {Scallop}.] 1. That part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair. [1913 Webster] By the bare scalp of Robin Hodd s fat friar, This fellow were a king for our wild faction!… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scalp — vt: to buy and sell so as to make small quick profits scalp stocks; esp: to resell at greatly increased prices vi: to profit by slight market fluctuations scalp·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • scalp — scalp; scalp·less; scalp·er; …   English syllables

  • scalp — ► NOUN 1) the skin covering the top and back of the head. 2) historical the scalp with the hair cut away from an enemy s head as a battle trophy, a former practice among American Indians. ► VERB 1) take the scalp of (an enemy). 2) informal punish …   English terms dictionary

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