To be on all fours
All fours All` fours" [formerly, {All` four"}.] All four legs of a quadruped; or the two legs and two arms of a person. [1913 Webster]

{To be on all fours}, {To go on all fours}, or {To run on all fours} (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to correspond (with) exactly; to be alike in all the circumstances to be considered. ``This example is on all fours with the other.'' ``No simile can go on all fours.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • To go on all fours — All fours All fours [formerly, {All four }.] All four legs of a quadruped; or the two legs and two arms of a person. [1913 Webster] {To be on all fours}, {To go on all fours}, or {To run on all fours} (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run on all fours — All fours All fours [formerly, {All four }.] All four legs of a quadruped; or the two legs and two arms of a person. [1913 Webster] {To be on all fours}, {To go on all fours}, or {To run on all fours} (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on all fours — A judicial decision exactly in point with another as to result, facts, or both. A phrase used to express the idea that a particular case in litigation is in all points similar to another. The one is said to be on all fours with the other when the …   Black's law dictionary

  • on all fours — Precisely in point. A case to be on all fours must be identical. Lessee of Sweitzer v Meese (Pa) 6 Binn 500, 506 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • on all fours — {adv. phr.} 1. On all four legs; on hands and knees. * /Fido sat up to beg but dropped down on all fours to eat the dog biscuit Sam gave him./ * /Billy s father got down on all fours and gave the baby a ride./ 2. {informal} On a level of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on all fours — {adv. phr.} 1. On all four legs; on hands and knees. * /Fido sat up to beg but dropped down on all fours to eat the dog biscuit Sam gave him./ * /Billy s father got down on all fours and gave the baby a ride./ 2. {informal} On a level of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ all\ fours — adv. phr. 1. On all four legs; on hands and knees. Fido sat up to beg but dropped down on all fours to eat the dog biscuit Sam gave him. Billy s father got down on all fours and gave the baby a ride. 2. informal On a level of equality; of the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • The Family That Walks On All Fours — is a BBC2 documentary that explored the science and the story of five individuals in the Ulas family in Turkey that walk with a previously unreported quadruped gait [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4782492.stm] . The documentary was… …   Wikipedia

  • All fours — [formerly, {All four }.] All four legs of a quadruped; or the two legs and two arms of a person. [1913 Webster] {To be on all fours}, {To go on all fours}, or {To run on all fours} (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to correspond (with) exactly;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all fours — 1. 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. 2. (used with a sing. v.) Also called high low jack,… …   Universalium

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