- to split open and broil (a fowl)
- to interpolate (a word or words) in or into a text, often hastily or inappropriately
- to put together so as to form a unit or whole, often a clumsy or incongruous one
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- To prepare (a dressed chicken) for grilling by splitting open.
- To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: “Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music” (Alan Rich).
Origin: Perhaps alteration of spitchcock, a way of cooking an eel.