One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
On (or on to) hands and knees or (of an animal) on all four legs rather than just the hind ones.‘Frankie scuttled away on all fours’
- ‘Finally, roll over on to all fours to a stable table-like position with your hands and knees about shoulder width apart.’
- ‘This involves going into a standing split, which I easily can do, with the operated leg out behind me, and then sinking on to all fours on the other knee.’
- ‘Go on to all fours (as above) ensuring your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees.’
- ‘I began to get pushy feelings at the end of each contraction, so I got off the loo and on to all fours on the bathroom floor.’
- ‘The ground shook violently as the bear crashed down on to all fours.’
- ‘Come on to all fours in a neutral table top position.’
- ‘Many babies pull themselves over on to all fours and start to crawl.’
- ‘Begin the series by coming on to all fours with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips.’
- ‘The bear dropped back on to all fours and I thought it was going to come at me, kill me.’
- ‘Occasionally she almost gets on to all fours, but then sits down again.’
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