Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[fawr-in-hand, fohr-] /ˈfɔr ɪnˌhænd, ˈfoʊr-/
a long necktie to be tied in a slipknot with the ends left hanging.
a vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one person.
a team of four horses.
of or relating to a four-in-hand.
Origin of four-in-hand
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for four-in-hand
Historical Examples
  • And next day the ride in the four-in-hand of old Baron Lwenstein, who drove himself.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
  • If ever a woman put her whole mind to a thing, I did on that four-in-hand.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • He is a splendid whip, and his four-in-hand was eclipsed by none other in the club.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • But his most notorious attempt of this order, was a four-in-hand of stags.

  • Yesterday evening, on our way to prayer meeting, we heard a great noise of horns coming and stopped to see a four-in-hand go by.

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I'll have my four-in-hand properly horsed with horses of my own, by George!

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • It was the four-in-hand of Mr. Nehemiah Gogglemush, a new-comer in Belton, who saluted him with a stare.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • No man could unless he drove at her with a four-in-hand, and dArcy has nothing.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • I have driven a four-in-hand over corduroy roads and ridden horseback over the pathless vasty wilds of the continent's backbone.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Mr. Erckmann took me to a meet of the four-in-hand Club yesterday.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for four-in-hand


Also called tally-ho. a road vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one driver
a four-horse team in a coach or carriage
a long narrow tie formerly worn tied in a flat slipknot with the ends dangling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for four-in-hand

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for four

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for four-in-hand