Frog Marching

Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife was outed as a CIA operative (NOC–non-official cover), has defended his wife saying that “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 the White House in handcuffs.” Frog-marched? I had never heard of a frog march, but here are some definitions and citations of usage from [“Apostropher (Apostropher about frog marching)”:]:

bq.. Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang:

Especially police. to carry (a resisting person) face downward by the arms and legs; (hence now solely) to propel (a resisting person) forward, as by seizing his collar and the seat of his trousers or by pinioning his arms behind his back.

1871 in OED: “They did not give the defendant the frog’s march.”

1873 Slang Dictionary by Hotten: “Frog’s March, the manner in which four or more policemen carry a drunken or turbulent man to the station-house. The victim is held face downwards, one constable being at each shoulder, while the others hold on above the knees. Often…another…officer… beats time…on the recalcitrant hero’s posteriors.”

1969 in OEDS: “He. . . took me by the collar and the seat of my pants and frogmarched me the length of the caf.”

1992 Newsday (CNN-TV) (Dec. 9): “Tightly bound and frogmarched away.”