from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A team of four horses controlled by one driver.
- n. A vehicle drawn by four horses.
- n. A necktie tied in a slipknot with long ends left hanging one in front of the other.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A carriage drawn by four horses controlled by one driver; a coach-and-four.
- n. A slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other; a simple necktie.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other.
- n. a coach pulled by four horses with one driver.
- adj. Consisting of four horses controlled by one person; ; drawn by four horses driven by one person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vehicle drawn by four horses driven by one person.
- n. A team of four horses attached to a single vehicle, or matched for the purpose of being driven in this way.
- Drawn by four horses driven by one person: as, a four-in-hand coach.
- Having to do with a four-in-hand: as, a good four-in-hand driver.
- n. A long scarf or necktie. One of the ends (which are broader than the center which surrounds the neck) is wound over the other, passed up between the neck and the tie, and then brought down in front through the loop thus formed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other
- n. a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
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And as long as I rely on pebbles, I cannot truthfully speak of myself as "tooling a four-in-hand."
“That's for sure,” said Duane Wade as he put the finishing touches on a four-in-hand knot in a British rep tie.
The four-in-hand matched his wife's red dress -- a sheath, of course.
Nonetheless, the bride and groom took leave of their families and guests, and were conducted (in England) in a four-in-hand to their destination, and in the United States, to the train station.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- "The truth is that I can't tie a four-in-hand."
I even performed as part of the Purdue University Musical Organizations Handbell choir, and got pretty good at the four-in-hand technique.
Though waistcoats for women with distinctly masculine connotations appeared in 1846, the tailor-made of the 1880s and 1890s, coupled with a four-in-hand tie, a shirtwaist, and a boater or another masculine hat style, was a strong statement for independence.
She was an accomplished horsewoman, drove a four-in-hand, was proud of her life-saving certificates and amused at the memory of her skill at walking up and down stairs on stilts.
-- The way he hasn't learned to tie a four-in-hand necktie like the men do.
Years after studies first found that dangerous bacteria routinely hitch rides on the neckties of doctors, U.K. health officials have banished the old four-in-hand, along with jewelry and long sleeves, from their hospitals.