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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
All Fours.
A game of cards; so called from the four points that are at stake, viz. High, Low, Jack, and Game.   1
   To go on all fours is to crawl about on knees and hands like a little child.   2
   It does not go on all fours means it does not suit in every minute particular; it does not fully satisfy the demand. It limps as a quadruped which does not go on all its four legs. Omnis comparatio claudcat (all similes limp).   3
“No simile can go on all-fours.”

 All Fools’ Day (April 1st).All-hallown Summer. 


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