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 move more or less under their own power.)

Frog marching may be necessary to transport prisoners who are uncooperative or intoxicated. However, as a forced public spectacle, it may serve as well to humiliate those marched and send a message to those looking on.

The term achieved a great deal of public currency in the United States in October 2003, when Joseph Wilson, expressing outrage that someone in the Bush Administration had allegedly leaked to the press the fact that his wife Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, stated: "At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of White House in handcuffs." [ [ The Word Detective, November 17, 2003] ] [ [ CNN: Wilson wants leak culprit "frog-marched"] ]

ee also

* Leap frog (game, imitating jumping frog movement)


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