all fours


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all fours

pl.n. (used with a sing. verb)
Any of several card games resembling whist and in which points are scored in four ways: for the high trump, the low trump, the jack of trumps, and the game.

all fours

n
1. both the arms and legs of a person or all the legs of a quadruped (esp in the phrase on all fours)
2. (Card Games) another name for seven-up

all′ fours′


n.
1. all four limbs or extremities; the four feet of an animal or both hands and both feet of a person: to walk or land on all fours.
2. (used with a sing. v.) Also called pitch , seven-up.a card game for two or three players or two partnerships in which special cards have scoring values, as the highest or lowest trump.
[1555–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.all fours - card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or gameall fours - card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
cinch - a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
auction pitch, pitch - an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
old sledge, seven-up - a form of all fours in which a total of seven points is game
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