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Monday, August 02, 2010

spatchcock

\SPACH-kok\ , verb;
1.
To insert or interpolate, esp. in a forced or incongruous manner.
noun:
1.
A fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling.
verb:
1.
To prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.
Quotes:
Government business managers tend naturally to spatchcock what may appear to them as esoteric bills into business after 10 pm at night.
-- Tam Dalyell, "Westminster Scene," New Scientist, July 1971.
Though not paid for a rewrite and reluctant to do one, he nevertheless began to spatchcock a script from the various drafts.
-- Paul Seydor, Peckinpah: The Western Films - A Reconsideration
Origin:
Spatchcock is possibly an alteration of spitchcock, "an eel that is split, cut into pieces, and broiled or fried."
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