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A dressed and split fowl for roasting or grilling.
tr.v. spatch·cocked, spatch·cock·ing, spatch·cocks
1. To prepare (a dressed fowl) for roasting or grilling by splitting open.
2. To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: "Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music" (Alan Rich).
(Cookery) a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilled. Compare spitchcock
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately
[C18: perhaps variant of spitchcock eel when prepared and cooked]
1. a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.v.t.
2. to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
3. to insert or interpolate, esp. in a forced or incongruous manner.
[1775–85; appar. alter. of spitchcock]
Past participle: spatchcocked
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|Noun||1.||spatchcock - flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)|
|Verb||1.||spatchcock - prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock; "spatchcock a guinea hen"|
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
|2.||spatchcock - interpolate or insert (words) into a sentence or story|