[Ads-l] antedating of 'spatchcock', v., OEDO 1879

James Eric Lawson jel at NVENTURE.COM
Sat Nov 26 05:18:21 UTC 2022

'spatchcock', v. OEDO 1879 (adj. 1869, n. 1785; entry not fully updated,
modified Mar 2022). Add figurative transitive sense.

1698  _Animadversions on Mr. Congreve's late answer to Mr. Collier in a
dialogue between Mr. Smith and Mr. Johnson_ 61 (EEBO2) But I shall pass
his Conceited Stuff which he runs on with here, as arrogantly as if he
had Spatchcock'd Mr. Collier in good Earnest....

James Eric Lawson

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