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 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 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… …   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

  • To go on — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on all fours — adverb on hands and knees (Freq. 1) he got down on all fours to play with his grandson * * * adverb (or adjective) : in exact correspondence : on the same footing it is not easy to make a simile go on all fours T.B.Macaulay often used with with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on all fours —  Ready to go …   American business jargon

  • 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

  • To go all fours — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go back on — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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