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born on the Fourth of July

Said of an extremely patriotic American. (July 4 is Independence Day in the US.) I don't know anyone as passionate about being American as my grandfather. He's always acted like he was born on the Fourth of July.
See also: born, fourth, July, of, on

break the fourth wall

Of fiction, especially theater, film, or television, to break the illusion of separation between the audience and the fiction itself, either intentionally or unintentionally. Taken originally from theater, in which the fourth wall describes the invisible "wall" that stands between the audience and the stage. We were enjoying the play, but one of the actors kept breaking the fourth wall by glaring at the audience any time someone made any noise. I love shows that break the fourth wall—it makes me feel like I'm in on the joke.
See also: break, fourth, wall

fourth gear

The highest level of function, operation, or performance that someone or something can achieve. It's been hard-fought game, and the team is going to have to go into fourth gear if they want to force overtime. You guys need to get into fourth gear creatively if you want to break into such a highly competitive market.
See also: fourth, gear

fourth wall

The imaginary barrier separating performers in a TV show, film, or play from the audience. I hate those shows that break the fourth wall—I don't want to feel like the characters are having a conversation with me! Stay in character and don't break the fourth wall!
See also: fourth, wall

fourth wall joke

In fiction, especially theater, film, or television, a joke that intentionally draws attention to the illusion of separation between the audience and the fiction itself. I love it when a TV show throws in a good fourth wall joke—I think it's fun being in on the humor like that.
See also: fourth, joke, wall

Happy (Holiday Name)!

A standard greeting and phrase of celebration on a particular holiday. Happy Fourth of July, everyone! A: "Good morning, my love. Happy Valentine's Day!" B: "Aw, thank you, you're so sweet. Happy Valentine's, sweetie." Three… two… one… Happy New Year's!
See also: happy

May the Fourth be with you

A phrase said on "Star Wars Day," a fan holiday that celebrates the Star Wars media franchise and its fanbase. The phrase is a pun on the name of the date May 4th (May the fourth) and the famous phrase from the franchise, "May the Force be with you." Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! As part of the festivities today, we'll be featuring artwork drawn by fans of all ages. May the Fourth be with you!
See also: fourth, may

the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. One must never forget the sway held by members of the Fourth Estate—if we want public support, then we need the press on our side.
See also: estate, fourth

the fourth quarter is ours

We will or must be dominant in the fourth quarter (of some sporting event). Come on, don't give up—the fourth quarter is ours! It's common for fans to hold up four fingers at the end of the third quarter, which means, "the fourth quarter is ours!"
See also: fourth, ours, quarter

venture forth

1. To move forward, especially in a courageous but cautious or wary manner. The explorers ventured forth, hoping to find the remains of the ancient civilization in the dense jungle. Before we venture forth, I suggest we all check that we have adequate supplies.
2. To proceed with some action or undertaking despite potential obstacles or dangers. Now that you have completed your degrees, you are all ready to venture forth into the world and truly begin the rest of your lives!
See also: forth, venture
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

venture forth

1. Fig. to set out; to go forward; to go out cautiously. George ventured forth into the night. I think I will venture forth. It looks safe.
2. Fig. to go forth bravely. Let us venture forth and conquer the enemy. We will arm ourselves and venture forth against our foe.
See also: forth, venture
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the fourth estate

the press; the profession of journalism.
The three traditional Estates of the Realm (the Crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons) are now viewed as having been joined by the press, which is regarded as having equal power. As early as 1843 Lord Macaulay stated: ‘The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm’.
See also: estate, fourth
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

venture forth

To proceed despite possible danger or risk: After the storm subsided, we ventured forth to assess the damage.
See also: forth, venture
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
`But,' said the Medical Man, staring hard at a coal in the fire, `if Time is really only a fourth dimension of Space, why is it, and why has it always been, regarded as something different?
Consider, for example, the Violence Against Women Act, which was overturned by a 7 - 4 majority of judges on the Fourth Circuit court of appeals last spring.
What end, then, did the Fourth Circuit serve when it delivered a 168-page opinion (an astronomical length by circuit court standards) against plaintiff Christy Brzonkala--a young woman who claimed to have been gang raped during her first week in college, only to see the school fail to meaningfully discipline her assailants and the state fail to press charges?
Looking past the Republican bench's predilection for "less government rather than more," Republican-appointed judges--most notably the Fourth Circuit--have also done a great deal for advancing the conservative agenda on a number of other specific issues in the last two years.
The Fourth Circuit did its part for the pro-life movement, in 1998, by upholding the constitutionality of a law requiring unmarried teenagers to get parental consent before having an abortion and, in 1999, by prohibiting the type of late term abortions referred to as "partial birth abortions." In both cases, the appellate court reversed pro-choice decisions by trial court judges.
The conservative Fourth Circuit undermined the federal Clean Water Act in two notable cases.
The Fourth Circuit also achieved certain notoriety when it ruled in U.S.
The Supreme Court gives the appearance of reaching out to review cases from the Fourth Circuit--which has emerged as the most consistently aggressive of the conservative lower courts.