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skewer

[skyoo-er] /ˈskyu ər/
noun
1.
a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
2.
any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten with or as if with a skewer.
Origin of skewer
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; earlier skiver < ?
Related forms
unskewered, adjective
Can be confused
skew, skewer.
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  • If M. le Marquis should offer himself to be skewered, as he no doubt will.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Soames skewered the document on to a number of other papers and hung up his hat.

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    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Freddy sliced off a throat-plugging lump of beef and skewered it on his fork.

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  • Barely had it done so when it was skewered to the boards by the fork of Captain Tollward.

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British Dictionary definitions for skewered

skewer

/ˈskjʊə/
noun
1.
a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
2.
a similar pin having some other function
3.
(chess) a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
verb
4.
(transitive) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
Word Origin
C17: probably from dialect skiver
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Word Origin and History for skewered

skewer

n.

1670s, variant of dialectal skiver (1660s), perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skifa "a cut, slice" (of bread, etc.), Swedish skifer "a slate," which are related to shiver (n.1) "small piece."

skewer

v.

1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.

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