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Definition of the noun all fours

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  1. card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of all fours: high-low-jack
    • more generic terms: card game / cards = a game played with playing cards
    • more specific terms:
      • 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

Alternative definition of the noun all fours


  1. The four legs of a quadruped.
  2. The four limbs of a primate.
  3. A card game similar to whist.


All Fours, also known as High-Low-Jack or Seven Up, is an English tavern trick-taking card game that was popular as a gambling game until the end of the 19th century. It is the eponymous and earliest recorded game in a family that flourished most in 19th century North America, notable other members being Auction Pitch, Pedro and Cinch, which competed against Poker and Euchre. Nowadays the original game is especially popular in the Caribbean, but a simpler variant has also survived in parts of England.

  • also known as Old Sledge, Seven Up
  • genre: Trick-taking game


"All fours" is a book by Tom Raworth.


  1. "All Fours" is a musical album of Bosse-De-Nage.
  2. "All Fours" is a musical album of Swamp Baby.
    • released on (5 years ago)

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Games (1914)

Including All the Indoor Games Played at the Present Day, [etc.]. by Robert Frederick Foster

ALL FOURS FAMILY. AH Fours is to be found amongst the oldest games of cards , and is the parent of a large family of variations, all of which are of American birth . The youngest member of the family, Cinch, seems to have a bright future ...

Google previewThe New American Encyclopedic Dictionary (1906)

An Exhaustive Dictionary of the English Language : Practical and Comprehensive : Giving the Fullest Definition (encyclopedic in Detail), the Origin, Pronunciation and Use of Words by Robert Hunter, Edward Thomas Roe, Le Roy Hooker, Thomas W. Handford

A low game at cards played # two; so named from the four particulars by which it is reckoned, and which, joined in the hand of either of the parties, are said to make all fours. (Johnson;), (3) Law: One case is sometimes said to be on all fours ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

All Fours. A game of cards; so called from the four points that are at stake, viz. High, Low, Jack, and Game.

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