- 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
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Examples from the Web for four-in-hand
If you have, then you know the nature of my first lesson in four-in-hand driving.
If ever a woman put her whole mind to a thing, I did on that four-in-hand.
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
He took his horses with him, and astonished Europe with a four-in-hand of his own.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
- 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
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