four-in-hand

noun
\ ˈfȯr-ən-ˌhand How to pronounce four-in-hand (audio) \

Definition of four-in-hand

1a : a vehicle drawn by a team of four horses driven by one person
b : such a team of four horses
2 : a necktie tied in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front

First Known Use of four-in-hand

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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