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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First reported by Stars and Stripes, the OT&E report says all four versions of of the vehicle are not operationally suitable, with a combination of defects, design problems, and inadequate contractor training support. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Report Slams Military’s Humvee Replacement," 25 Feb. 2019 After the Allison Janney disaster, the Academy—presumably having finally reached out to Janney, Rockwell, McDormand and Oldman’s reps—confirmed that all four of last year’s acting winners would present, albeit in pairs rather than individually. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 Quadrivalent vaccines, which are becoming the norm, include all four. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Six Feet, 48 Hours, 10 Days: How to Avoid Flu," 4 Jan. 2019 The system will become standard on all four-door trucks, cars and SUVs with power locks by its 2022 model year. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Despite Prevention Efforts, Hot-Car Casualties Are Rising," 11 Feb. 2019 The promo image that announced the show's renewal featured all four judges from season one – Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2 Is Going to Be a Gazillion Times Weirder," 31 Jan. 2019 And for all four seasons of Hilfiger's collaboration with Gigi Hadid, the designer and model jet-setted to runways around the world including London, Milan, Los Angeles, and New York. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya and Tommy Hilfiger to Debut First Collaboration at Paris Fashion Week," 8 Jan. 2019 In one case, all four shark embryos were crammed into one uterus. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 There are companies that showed up on all four lists:, FedEx, UPS, Microsoft. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "These Are the Fortune 500 Companies Loved by Both Urban and Rural America," 11 July 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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to boil down or concentrate

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