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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Inside, the Maker Faire spirit had hold of all four children from the Steinle clan. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Fire, hammers and robots: Maker Faire Kansas City takes over Union Station," 23 June 2018 Lindsey was Lopez’s boyfriend and the mother of all four children. Monique Valdes, ajc, "4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida," 23 June 2018 Lindsey's girlfriend was the mother of all four children, and Lindsey, 35, was the father of two children. NBC News, "Orlando gunman killed four children in their sleep at beginning of standoff, police say," 15 June 2018 All proceeds will go to the family, who is planning to move to a bigger home to accommodate all four children. Jessica Anderson,, "'Baby shower' fundraiser set for Baltimore sheriff's deputy raising four grandkids after their mother's death," 11 June 2018 Mays also threatened to kill all four children and placed a shotgun into the woman's mouth, the report says. Courtney Astolfi,, "Cleveland man plays Russian Roulette with woman as she held their toddler," 20 Mar. 2018 One standout achievement, Crabb said, was awarded to Grace Olson, a student who achieved a gold medal on the National Latin Exam for all four years of high school. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Students Taking Interest In Latin," 10 July 2018 Allen was a member of the varsity wrestling team all four years, and took fourth place at the state championships. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway High valedictorian, salutatorian reflect on high school careers," 21 June 2018 Perhaps the trailer’s scenes of fumbling over homework and chores are just evidence of a man coming into his own as a primary caretaker — a journey taken by all four fathers that Refinery29 spoke to., "The Incredibles 2 Wants To Turn Stay-At-Home Dads Into Superheroes," 13 June 2018

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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

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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