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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The second night, all four members of the party had dinner on shore, during which much wine was consumed, then returned to the Splendour,where more wine and Scotch were consumed. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Windows flank all four sides of the home, providing panoramic views of the landscape from nearly every room in the house. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Glass lake house appears to float on water," 12 Dec. 2018 Burning all four wicks of the Holiday Grand will fill your home with notes of evergreen, red currant, and juniper berry. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 Back in November, before the music video even came out, one fan expressed his excitement to see all four exes in the Burn Book. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Savage Easter Eggs in Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Music Video," 3 Dec. 2018 And all four young royals ranked higher than Paul McCartney and the Queen. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Even More Influential Than Meghan Markle in the U.S.," 1 Nov. 2018 Brown starred in all four Halloweentown movies (yes, there are four), as well as in Bringing Down the House with Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, and on Guiding Light for 6 years. Vogue, "Where Your Favorite Millennial Halloween Movie Stars Are Now," 23 Oct. 2018 This year five gifts caught our eye, including a trip to all four tennis majors with 2017 U.S. open winner Sloane Stephens and a $7 million Serenity Solar Yacht, with interior designed by Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts for the Try-Anything Traveler," 18 Oct. 2018 Hogan never played all four majors in the same year. Christopher L. Gasper,, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018

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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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