frog march

frog march also frog-march, 1871, a term that originated among London police and referred to their method of moving "a drunken or refractory prisoner" by carrying him face-down between four people, each holding a limb; the connection with FROG (Cf. frog) (1) perhaps being the notion of going along belly-down. By the 1930s, the verb was used in reference to the much more efficient (but less frog-like) method of getting someone in an arm-behind-the-back hold and hustling him or her along like that.

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  • frog-march — [frôg′märch] vt. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to grasp by the arm and force to walk along * * * …   Universalium

  • frog-march — [frôg′märch] vt. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to grasp by the arm and force to walk along …   English World dictionary

  • Frog-march — Frog marching refers to the practice of forcibly transporting suspects or prisoners through a public place, up to and including carrying them such that their limbs splay in a frog like manner. ( Perp walking is similar, but implies the subjects… …   Wikipedia

  • frog-march — frog marches, frog marching, frog marched also frogmarch VERB If you are frog marched somewhere, someone takes you there by force, holding you by the arms or another part of your body so that you have to walk along with them. [be V ed prep/adv]… …   English dictionary

  • frog march — 1. verb a) To carry a person face down with one person holding each limb. b) To forcibly relocate a person, especially in a degrading or humiliating manner. 2. noun The process of frog marching a person. See Also: frogs march …   Wiktionary

  • frog-march — transitive verb Date: 1923 to seize from behind roughly and forcefully propel forward < frog marched him out the door > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frog march — carrying a noisy and wild prisoner with his face downwards by his four limbs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • frog-march —  1. Force a person to walk by holding him (usu. by scruff of neck).  2. Carry a person (e.g. a drunk or truculent person, prisoner, etc.) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • frog-march — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb : to carry (as a resisting prisoner) face downward by the arms and legs …   Useful english dictionary

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