all fours

plural noun

: all four legs of a quadruped
: 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 foursCarl Hiassen
singular in construction : any of various card games in which points are scored for the high trump, low trump, jack of trumps, and game

Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of all fours was in 1678

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“All fours.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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all fours

noun plural
: all four legs of a four-legged animal or the two legs and two arms of a person
got down on all fours

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