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[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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for four-in-hand
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  • 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
  • If you have, then you know the nature of my first lesson in four-in-hand driving.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • But his most notorious attempt of this order, was a four-in-hand of stags.

  • Monty Paliser came in for a few, but not for the four-in-hand.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • He took his horses with him, and astonished Europe with a four-in-hand of his own.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • He is a splendid whip, and his four-in-hand was eclipsed by none other in the club.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • He was a first-rate driver; he could take a four-in-hand or a tandem as easily as a pair.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Edbury whipped his four-in-hand to conduct our voters to the poll.

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

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • They imitated the class distinction of the four-in-hand, and then charged by the mile.

    The Railroad Problem

    Edward Hungerford
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
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