spitchcock

[ spich-kok ]
/ ˈspɪtʃˌkɒk /

noun

an eel that is split, cut into pieces, and broiled or fried.

verb (used with object)

to split, cut up, and broil or fry (an eel).
to treat severely.

Origin of spitchcock

First recorded in 1590–1600; origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for spitchcock

spitchcock

/ (ˈspɪtʃˌkɒk) /

noun

an eel split and grilled or friedCompare spatchcock

Word Origin for spitchcock

C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock
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