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spatchcock

[spach-kok] /ˈspætʃˌkɒk/
noun
1.
a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.
verb (used with object)
2.
to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
3.
to insert or interpolate, especially in a forced or incongruous manner:
Additional information has been spatchcocked into the occasional random footnote.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; apparently alteration of spitchcock; popular interpretation as shortening of dispatch cock is probably specious
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British Dictionary definitions for spatchcock

spatchcock

/ˈspætʃˌkɒk/
noun
1.
a chicken or game bird split down the back and grilled Compare spitchcock
verb (transitive)
2.
to interpolate (words, a story, etc) into a sentence, narrative, etc, esp inappropriately
Word Origin
C18: perhaps variant of spitchcock eel when prepared and cooked
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