turn spit

turnspit

[turn-spit]
noun
1.
a spit that rotates or can be rotated.
2.
a mechanically or manually operated device for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.
3.
a person who turns a spit.
4.
a small dog having a long body and short legs, used formerly to work a treadmill that turned a spit.

Origin:
1570–80; turn + spit2

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turnspit (ˈtɜːnˌspɪt)
 
n
1.  (formerly) a servant or small dog whose job was to turn the spit on which meat, poultry, etc, was roasting
2.  a spit that can be so turned

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