Definition of Four-in-hand

1. Noun. A long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other.

Generic synonyms: Necktie, Tie

2. Noun. A carriage pulled by four horses with one driver.
Exact synonyms: Coach, Coach-and-four
Terms within: Box, Box Seat
Generic synonyms: Carriage, Equipage, Rig
Specialized synonyms: Stage, Stagecoach
Derivative terms: Coach

Definition of Four-in-hand

1. Noun. A team of four horses, controlled by a single driver. ¹

2. Noun. A carriage drawn by four such horses; a coach-and-four. ¹

3. Noun. A slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other; a simple necktie. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Four-in-hand

four-eyed fish
four-eyed fishes
four-four time
four-in-hand (current term)
four-leaf clover
four-leaf clovers
four-letter Anglo-Saxon word
four-letter word
four-letter words
four-lined leaf bug
four-lined plant bug

Literary usage of Four-in-hand

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1. Sunshine and shadow in New York by Matthew Hale Smith (1869)
"He can be seen any pleasant Sunday morning, when the streets are crowded with churchgoers, driving his four-in-hand ..."

2. Riding and Driving for Women by Belle Beach (1912)
"Chapter VI of that book describes in detail the method of holding and shortening the rei as in four-in-hand driving, and chapter X the same problem in ..."

3. Pioneering in South Brazil: Three Years of Forest and Prairie Life in the by Thomas Plantagenet Bigg-Wither (1878)
"The four-in- hand parrot.—A new plague.—The "berne."—A wild•pig hunt. —Dagan and the tree bridges.—Indian runners.—After work in the forest. ..."

4. The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow: Being Anecdotes of by Rees Howell Gronow, Joseph Grego (1892)
"EQUIPAGES IN LONDON AND PARIS—THE FOUR-IN- HAND CLUB.—When lately in London, on driving through the parks, I was struck with the inferiority of the ..."

5. Ups and Downs of an Army Officer by George Augustus Armes (1900)
"Hitched up my four-in-hand and park phaeton and invited Congressman Dorsey of Nebraska. Maker of New York and Rockwell of Massachusetts to drive with me ..."

6. Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff by Marie Bashkirtseff, Arthur D. Hall (1913)
"This morning I heard the sound of wheels in the Rue de France; I looked out and .saw the Duke of H—, driving a four-in-hand in the direction of the ..."

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