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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).
[Perhaps short for dispatch cock, a cock or chicken that has been killed and dressed in summary manner (from dispatch + cock), or perhaps alteration of spitchcock, an eel cut into short pieces, dressed with bread crumbs, and broiled (of unknown origin).]
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(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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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|
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