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skewer

[skyoo-er] /ˈskyu ər/
noun
1.
a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
2.
any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten with or as if with a skewer.
Origin of skewer
1670-1680
1670-80; earlier skiver < ?
Related forms
unskewered, adjective
Can be confused
skew, skewer.
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  • Susanne works intently at the heavy coils of her hair, and the gold pins she is skewering through it.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • In the figure's hands was a heavy spear and the arm holding it swept aloft preparatory to skewering Tharn on its point.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • So are the other spadassinicides who dreamt of skewering a poor sheep of a provincial lawyer.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • There was no fingering of hilts or talk of skewering on either side.

  • Mix thoroughly and fill the fish, sewing or skewering the opening together.

    Standard Paper-Bag Cookery Emma Paddock Telford
British Dictionary definitions for skewering

skewer

/ˈskjʊə/
noun
1.
a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
2.
a similar pin having some other function
3.
(chess) a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
verb
4.
(transitive) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
Word Origin
C17: probably from dialect skiver
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Word Origin and History for skewering

skewer

n.

1670s, variant of dialectal skiver (1660s), perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skifa "a cut, slice" (of bread, etc.), Swedish skifer "a slate," which are related to shiver (n.1) "small piece."

v.

1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.

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