One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chicken or game bird split open and grilled.
- ‘If a recipe calls for spatchcocks, you can use Cornish game hens’
- ‘He treats the proper cooking of a spatchcock as a matter of import on which worlds will begin and end.’
1Split open (a poultry or game bird) ready for grilling.‘these small spring chickens can be bought already spatchcocked’
- 1.1British informal Add (a phrase, sentence, clause, etc.) in a context where it is inappropriate.‘a new clause has been spatchcocked into the Bill’
- ‘I hated letting down the BarbarbarbarbarBinger (for the party twas her very own) but it was right and proper that I stayed spatchcocked at home.’
- ‘A shopping bag that had had flour and two types of sugar in it was spatchcocked on the kitchen floor.’
- ‘She is used to six hours of gymnastics somehow spatchcocked on to a normal school day.’
- 1.1British informal Add (a phrase, sentence, clause, etc.) in a context where it is inappropriate.
Late 18th century (originally an Irish usage): perhaps related to the noun dispatch + cock, but compare with spitchcock.
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