all fours

plural noun

Definition of all fours 

1a : all four legs of a quadruped

b : the two legs and two arms of a person when used to support the body down on all fours After a few tense moments, she dropped to all fours— Carl Hiassen

2 singular in construction : any of various card games in which points are scored for the high trump, low trump, jack of trumps, and game

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When purchased separately, the complete collection would retail for $168, but for Black Friday, ABH is offering all four for $90. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Will Sell a Discounted Eyeshadow Palette Collection for Black Friday," 16 Nov. 2018 Hicks swam at Greenwich Country Club, was co-captain of the lacrosse team at Greenwich High School, and played lacrosse all four years in college. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Know About Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's Former White House Communications Director," 11 July 2018 Detroit is the only city with availability for all four years. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio delegation seeks a return of the NCAA’s Final Four tournament," 11 July 2018 The student must also live in Hartford and be enrolled for all four years in a Hartford high school. Kathleen Megan,, "Hartford Promise Helps Make College A Reality For Students With Dreams," 22 June 2018 The Capitals went to the playoffs all four year under Trotz, including two Presidents' Trophy-winning seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Fox News, "Barry Trotz resigns as Washington Capitals coach days after Stanley Cup win," 18 June 2018 Productive rebounder whose numbers improved all four years of college. The Si Staff,, "2018 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2018 The students have the opportunity to take photography classes all four years, according to Catalina Haynes, photography teacher at Laguna Creek High School. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Advanced photography class at Sutter Middle School yields creative outlet, awards," 13 June 2018 In four years, the MCC would have all four high school years in place, Quadri said. Pioneer Press,, "Muslim Community Center looks to launch high school in Morton Grove," 11 June 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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all fours

noun plural

Kids Definition of all fours

: all four legs of a four-legged animal or both legs and both arms of a person The baby is still crawling on all fours.

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