on all fours


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on all fours

Of a person, on one's hands and knees; of a four-legged animal, on all four feet. I got down on all fours trying to find my ring in the sand. The bear got down on all fours and started charging at us through the trees.
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on all fours

on one's hands and knees. I dropped a contact lens and spent an hour on all fours looking for it. The baby can walk, but is on all fours most of the time anyway.
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on all fours

On one's hands and knees, as in Seven of us were on all fours, looking for the lost earring in the sand. In this idiom fours refers to the four limbs. [1300s]
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on all ˈfours

with your knees, toes and hands on the floor: The ceiling of the tunnel was so low that we had to crawl along on all fours.
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