MEANING: noun: An eel split, cut into pieces, and cooked.
verb tr.: To treat severely.

ETYMOLOGY: Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: noun 1597, verb 1674. A close cousin is spatchcock, a bird with its spine removed flattened for cooking.

SPITCHCORK - when the winebottle-cork has been crumbled by the corkscrew instead of being extracted

SITCHCOCK - when the rooster sits around all day instead of servicing the hens

STITCHCOCK - what the urologist does after surgery for Peyrone's Disease