on all fours

Definition of on all fours

of a person

  1. :  with the hands and knees on the ground The baby crawled away on all fours.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

fourplay fours
  1. :  the fourth in a set or series

    :  something having four units or members: such as

    :  a 4-oared racing shell or its crew


Law Dictionary

on all fours

adjective

Legal Definition of on all fours

  1. :  relevant and very similar in facts and issues of law the parties' dispute about the CBA's ratification date presents a formation question in the sense above, and is therefore not on all fours with, for example, the formation disputes we referenced in Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. CardegnaGranite Rock Co. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 130 S. Ct. 2847 (2010)

Origin and Etymology of on all fours

from the Latin maxim Nullum simile quattuor pedibus currit, “No comparison runs on all fours,” i.e., comparisons are generally lame in some respect


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