1. A long metal or wooden pin used to secure or suspend food during cooking; a spit.
2. Any of various picks or rods having a function or shape similar to a skewer.
tr.v. skew·ered, skew·er·ing, skew·ers
1. To hold together or pierce with a skewer or other pointed object.
2. To ridicule or criticize harshly: a reviewer who skewered the tedious movie.
[Middle English skuer, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
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