Definition of frogmarch in US English:



  • with object and adverbial of direction Force (someone) to walk forward by holding and pinning their arms from behind.

    ‘the cop frogmarched him down the steep stairs’
    • ‘It emerged that deputy leader of the council, Darren Hale, effectively frogmarched him out of the building as a panel of councillors - two Labour and one Independent - voted to suspend him.’
    • ‘And so, as guards frogmarched my friend out of the courtroom shackled hands to feet, I wondered how confining that man for 17 years jives with my understanding of our nation's values.’
    • ‘He was frogmarched out of the building shortly thereafter.’
    • ‘This poor, unsuspecting passenger was frogmarched off an aeroplane in full view of all the other passengers.’
    • ‘You get through checkout and out the door, unaware that you're still clutching an unpaid-for package until you're frogmarched off to the manager's office.’
    • ‘They will also be able to frogmarch unruly children under 16 back to their homes between the hours of 9pm and 6am.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes and an agonising car journey later, they frogmarched him into the Departmental headquarters, an extremely bland building that had the look of a bomb shelter that they had neglected to bury.’
    • ‘They joined in and managed to catch him and he was frogmarched to the cash point and forced to withdraw cash to pay the bill.’
    • ‘As he did so the big man quickly grabbed his arms and the woman stripped his armour breastplate away, and he was frogmarched towards a small crag.’
    • ‘As Mr Clinton arrived, police removed one of those injured in the bombing and frogmarched him across the road.’
    • ‘Eight hours later, the nightmare continued as he was frogmarched out of the warehouse, tied up again and thrown into the same car boot.’
    • ‘One held the shop's security guard at gunpoint while a second raider frogmarched a female member of staff into its office and ordered her to open a safe.’
    • ‘The manager and waiter were frogmarched downstairs and locked in one of the cupboards while the robbers emptied the safe of cash.’
    • ‘The tallest pulled Andrew to his feet and frogmarched him to the stern.’
    • ‘Who are we to lecture about ‘freedom’ in Iraq when an old man is frogmarched out of the Labour Party conference?’
    • ‘He was frogmarched out of the shop and swore at police.’
    • ‘I can understand that people's feelings were running high but the small number of individuals who pushed, shoved and almost frogmarched the Member of Parliament out of Badminton have done their cause no good at.’
    • ‘And of course there have been some very silly, very illiberal and lots of unworkable, ‘eyecatching’ initiatives such as the famously ridiculous plan to frogmarch teenagers to cash points for on the spot fines.’
    • ‘I was frogmarched down the road in front of the neighbours.’
    • ‘If that doesn't work, encircle the suburbs with heavily armed tanks and frogmarch these people back into the city where they're supposed to be living in the first place.’
    hustle, jostle, manhandle, sweep, throw, hurry, rush
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