[frog-mahrch, frawg-]

verb (used with object)

to force (a person) to march with the arms pinioned firmly behind the back.

Nearby words

  1. frogged,
  2. frogging,
  3. froggy,
  4. froghopper,
  5. frogman,
  6. frogmouth,
  7. frogspawn,
  8. frogstool,
  9. frohman,
  10. frohman, charles

Origin of frogmarch

First recorded in 1930–35; frog1 + march1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for frog march



a method of carrying a resisting person in which each limb is held by one person and the victim is carried horizontally and face downwards
any method of making a resisting person move forward against his will


(tr) to carry in a frogmarch or cause to move forward unwillingly
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Word Origin and History for 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 (n.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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper