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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Word Origin for spitchcock
C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock
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