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  1. a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for spatchcock


  1. a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilledCompare spitchcock
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verb (tr)
  1. to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps variant of spitchcock eel when prepared and cooked
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