scalp, n. & v.
1 the skin covering the top of the head, with the hair etc. attached.
2 a hist. the scalp of an enemy cut or torn away as a trophy by an American Indian. b a trophy or symbol of triumph, conquest, etc.
3 Sc. a bare rock projecting above water etc.
1 hist. take the scalp of (an enemy).
2 criticize savagely.
3 US defeat; humiliate.
4 US colloq. resell (shares, tickets, etc.) at a high or quick profit.
ME, prob. of Scand. orig.
bark, be caught short, be short, belong, bucket, bucketshop, decorticate, deposit margin, excoriate, flay, go long, hold on, make a killing, make a scoop, margin up, miss the market, operate, overstay the market, pare, peel, play the market, plunge, pyramid, scoop the market, skin, speculate, stag, stag the market, strip, take a flier, trade on margin, venture
divest, uncover &c (cover), denude, bare, strip, disfurnish, undress, disrobe &c (dress, enrobe), uncoif, dismantle, put off, take off, cast off, doff, peel, pare, decorticate, excoriate, skin, scalp
, flay, expose, lay open, exfoliate, molt, mew, cast the skin.