With disparaging magnanimity in victory, Henry took Simnel into his kitchens as a turnspit.
Although of the same species, the two individuals were as unlike each other as a tall greyhound to a turnspit.
So, when you addressed me, I was as foolish as an ass before a turnspit.
As for his pupil, the king contemptuously sent him into his kitchen, and condemned him to the servile office of turnspit.
turnspit: a kind of dog, formerly trained to turn a spit for roasting meat.
So it has probably been with the turnspit dog; and this is known to have been the case with the ancon sheep.
Bob wore the effigy, as his master called it, of a turnspit.
A turnspit is represented in his wheel, with the chain attached to the spit, for roasting the joint before the fire.
Here stood the greyhound, with his long legs, beside the turnspit.
It was because the turnspit in the king's kitchen was a member of Parliament!