Under the arm
Under the arm is a position to carry a lightweight person such as a toddler or child. Reaching around the child's waist, one can lift him or her in a horizontal position. This way he or she can be carried under one's arm like a rolled-up carpet or a parcel. Depending on how one reaches around the waist, the child can be carried facing the front or the rear.
The position is a humiliating pose for the person being carried (since he/she is turned into a passive 'object', and carried in an embarassing pose), and can therefore have humorous or serious connotations, depending on the context.
- to carry a noncompliant toddler or young child away (e.g. for bedtime)
- to carry a misbehaving child to a place where he/she will be punished
The underarm spanking position
Drawing by Euticus (2014).