EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCUDDING
Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.
The yachtsman, however, should not slacken them as for scudding.
Neither when lying to nor scudding has she ever shipped a green sea.
Most of them were motionless; some, however, seemed to be scudding onward.
Over us, the lowering, leaden clouds were scudding, riding the wind.
A boat shaped like a long leaf was scudding before the wind.
Somewhere, in that night of stars and scudding clouds, was God, she thought.
A sea fog was scudding overhead, and by degrees descending lower.
I declare, if she hasn't redeveloped her propensity for scudding, Blanchie!
On the lawn some twenty yards off a thrush was scudding about the grass.
"to move quickly," 1530s, of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of Middle English scut "rabbit, rabbit's tail," in reference to its movements (see scut (n.1)), but there are phonetic difficulties. Perhaps rather from a North Sea Germanic source akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schudden "to shake" (see quash). Related: Scudded; scudding. As a noun from c.1600, from the verb. It also was the NATO reporting name for a type of Soviet missile introduced in the 1960s.