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Sep 2, 2009
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Animal terms

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bird-dog
wildcatter
frogmarch
mawkish
shrew

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PRONUNCIATION:
(FROG-march)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To force a person to walk with arms pinned behind the back.

ETYMOLOGY:
If you've dissected a frog in a high school biology lab, that's your clue to the frog in frogmarch. Earlier the term meant to carry someone, such as an uncooperative prisoner or a drunk, with arms and legs spread out, each limb held by a person, just like a frog pinned down on a tray. Today the term applies to someone walking upright, but arms held behind the back.

USAGE:
"Indeed many of the spectators even allowed their camera flashes to go off during the golfers' back-swings, a crime usually punished by a frogmarch off the course during a more routine tournament."
Norman Dabell; Time for Tee on the Ponte Vecchio; Reuters; Dec 31, 2007.

See more usage examples of frogmarch in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)

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