spatchcock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to spitchcock (to split and broil an eel), of uncertain origin. Possibly a corruption of dispatch + cock.

Noun[edit]

spatchcock (plural spatchcocks)

  1. Chicken meat when prepared by spatchcocking. (See below.)
  2. A rushed effort.

Verb[edit]

spatchcock (third-person singular simple present spatchcocks, present participle spatchcocking, simple past and past participle spatchcocked)

  1. To cut poultry along the spine and spread the halves apart, for more even cooking when grilled.
    spatchcocked chicken
  2. To interpolate, insert or sandwich (in or into)
    • 1922, Joyce, Ulysses, chapter 9
      Why is the underplot of King Lear in which Edmund figures lifted out of Sidney's Arcadia and spatchcocked on to a Celtic legend older than history?
  3. To prepare in haste.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Also known as Frogging the chicken.

See also[edit]