- all four limbs or extremities; the four legs or feet of an animal or both arms and both legs or both hands and both feet of a person: The cat rolled off the ledge but landed on all fours.
- (used with a singular verb) Also called high-low-jack, old sledge, pitch, seven-up. Cards. a game for two or three players or two partnerships in which a 52-card pack is used, the object being to win special scoring values for the highest trump, the lowest trump, the jack, the ace, the ten, and the face cards.
- on all fours,
- in conformity with; corresponding exactly with.
- (of a person) on the hands and feet, or the hands and knees: I had to go on all fours to squeeze through the low opening.
Origin of all fours
First recorded in 1555–65
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Examples from the Web for all fours
Claude entertained an idea of making him pose on all-fours in future.The Fat and the Thin
He picked them up, getting down on all-fours so as not to miss one.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
In the evenings he would sit and smoke a pipe, or play “all-fours.”Edward FitzGerald and "Posh"
Before they could do so, however, the bear dropped back on all-fours.Bruin
The start was begun again—this time cautiously and on all-fours.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
- both the arms and legs of a person or all the legs of a quadruped (esp in the phrase on all fours)
- another name for seven-up
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