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spitchcock

[spich-kok] /ˈspɪtʃˌkɒk/
noun
1.
an eel that is split, cut into pieces, and broiled or fried.
verb (used with object)
2.
to split, cut up, and broil or fry (an eel).
3.
to treat severely.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; origin obscure
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spitchcock

/ˈspɪtʃˌkɒk/
noun
1.
an eel split and grilled or fried Compare spatchcock
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock
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