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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20fours. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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