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; origin obscure
British Dictionary definitions for spitchcock
spitchcock (ˈspɪtʃˌkɒk)
 
n
Compare spatchcock an eel split and grilled or fried
 
[C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock]

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