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Etymology edit

de- +‎ frog

Verb edit

defrog (third-person singular simple present defrogs, present participle defrogging, simple past and past participle defrogged)

  1. (transitive, nonce word) To rid of frogs.
    • 1981, Gus McLeavy, Bathroom Almanac, Frederick Fell Pub, →ISBN:
      Back in 1778, the citizens of Boston gave a banquet in honor of the French admiral, D'Estainge, who had recently arrived in New England to help the Americans in their war effort. The chef, hearing that the French considered frog a delicacy, went out and defrogged every pond in the city. He served them in a specially prepared cold soup — live.
    • 2014, Raymond Tallis, The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Portrait of Your Head, page 80:
      Throat-clearing, preparatory defrogging of the throat, may itself be isolated as a marker of the public speaker, or the speaker on the verge of saying something rather difficult (preparing the voice box and dealing pre-emptively with nervousness).
    • 2015, Nancy Springer, Fair Peril:
      It was a live broadcast, some talk show; evidently Prentis had managed to get himself defrogged. Perhaps Tempestt had done her kissy duty after all.
    • 2015, Sherry Levesque, Demented:
      After feeding the cats and defrogging the litter box, she grabs her winter coat, hat, and scarf.

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