spitchcock

[spich-kok]
verb (used with object)
  1. to split, cut up, and broil or fry (an eel).
  2. to treat severely.

Origin of spitchcock

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

spitchcock

noun
  1. an eel split and grilled or friedCompare spatchcock

Word Origin for spitchcock

C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock
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