all fours

plural noun
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of all fours

1 a : 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 Known Use of all fours

1678

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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all fours

noun plural

Definition of all fours for Students

: 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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