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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For the third straight year, all four Grand Slams have been won by some combination of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Big Three's Dominance Continues (for Now) After Rafael Nadal Captures Another Major," 9 Sep. 2019 Jones has 42 sacks in 49 career games with the Cardinals, including at least one sack in all four season openers since joining the franchise in 2016. oregonlive, "Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions ends in tie following overtime: Recap, score, stats," 8 Sep. 2019 By the Numbers: 4- Randolph went for two points four times and made it all four times. Al.com Reports, al, "Huntsville HS football: Randolph scores in final minute, Muscle Shoals wins big," 7 Sep. 2019 Nadal has now reached the semifinals of all four majors in the same year for the second time in his career. Ben Morse, CNN, "Rafael Nadal takes 'step forward' in pursuit of Federer's grand slam record," 5 Sep. 2019 Droegemeier has promised to make progress on all four issues, a hugely challenging goal given their complexity. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "New memo offers first glimpse of how Trump’s science adviser would like to shape spending priorities," 4 Sep. 2019 Researchers are currently working on all four steps. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "There will be election manipulation in 2020. Scientists can’t stop it, but they can study it," 3 Sep. 2019 The Wildcats lost all four starters and their top three reserves from the 2018 Citrus Bowl team. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "In ugly win, Kentucky football shows signs of progress at key positions," 31 Aug. 2019 As a result, all four towers can produce 15-25 tonnes a year of herbs, salad leaves, fruit and vegetables. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of all fours

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

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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