Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To force (someone) to walk forward by pinning the arms and pushing from behind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb to march a person against his will by any method.
  • verb to carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To force a person to walk where he does not wish to go by holding his arms behind him and pushing him forward.
  • noun Alternative spelling of frog march.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb march a person against his will by any method
  • verb carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From earlier frog's march, a police method of carrying a drunken or unruly person, who is suspended face downwards above the ground by four police officers each holding one limb and carried in a splayed position resembling a frog.]

Examples

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  • When I look at this word I see a parade of frogs (many are legless, perched on little palettes with casters), marching in protest, up and down the street outside a French restaurant. I can't help it.

    May 23, 2008

  • ¡oh!

    August 10, 2008

  • The frogs go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah . . .

    September 9, 2009