One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Untie (a chicken or other bird that has been trussed before cooking)‘untruss the guinea fowl and carve into portions’
- ‘Even as we untruss our pallid, supermarket birds and unthinkingly violate their parson's noses, we buy our children the Chicken Run video and celebrate the birds' mass exodus from a factory farm.’
- ‘I always untruss it as I find that it cooks more evenly.’
- ‘Before untrussing and carving this beauty, use two carving forks to hold it upright over the gravy pan to allow the juice to drip out of its bottom.’
- ‘Untruss the chicken and let it cool to room temperature before cooking.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘free from a pack or burden)’: from un- + truss.
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