[ spach-kok ]
/ ˈspætʃˌkɒk /
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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.
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Origin of spatchcock
1775–85; apparently alteration of spitchcock; popular interpretation as shortening of dispatch cock is probably specious
Words nearby spatchcock
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British Dictionary definitions for spatchcock
/ (ˈspætʃˌkɒk) /
a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilledCompare spitchcock
to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately
Word Origin for spatchcock
C18: perhaps variant of spitchcock eel when prepared and cooked
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