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four-in-hand

[fawr-in-hand, fohr-]
noun
  1. a long necktie to be tied in a slipknot with the ends left hanging.
  2. a vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one person.
  3. a team of four horses.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a four-in-hand.
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Origin of four-in-hand

First recorded in 1785–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for four-in-hand

Historical Examples

  • If you have, then you know the nature of my first lesson in four-in-hand driving.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for four-in-hand

four-in-hand

noun
  1. Also called: tally-ho a road vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one driver
  2. a four-horse team in a coach or carriage
  3. a long narrow tie formerly worn tied in a flat slipknot with the ends dangling
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