French walk



noun phrase

A painful and humiliating means of hurrying one by holding his seat and neck and forcing him to walk; the BUM’S RUSH

verb

(also walk Spanish): Mike Spanish-walked him swiftly across the little space/ Smith was an expert at walking ’em Spanish •walk Spanish is attested from the early 1800s

[1940s+; said to be fr the custom of pirates, in the Spanish Main, of forcing prisoners to walk while holding them by the neck so that their toes barely touched the deck]

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