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a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.
verb (used with object)
to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
to insert or interpolate, especially in a forced or incongruous manner:
Additional information has been spatchcocked into the occasional random footnote.
apparently alteration of
; popular interpretation as shortening of
is probably specious
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for
a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilled
to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately
C18: perhaps variant of
eel when prepared and cooked
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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