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Go on all Fours


Perfect in all points. We say of a pun or riddle, “It does not go on all fours,” it will not hold good in every way. Lord Macaulay says, “It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours.” Sir Edward Coke says, “Nullum simʹile quatʹuor pedʹibus currit.” The metaphor is taken from a horse, which is lame if only one of its legs is injured. All four must be sound in order that it may go.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Go (The)
Go along with You
Go-between (A)
Go it Blind
Go it, Warwick!
Go it, you Cripples!
Go of Gin
Go on all Fours
Go out (To)
Go through Fire and Water to serve you
Go to!
Go to the Wall (To)
Go without Saying (To)
Goat and Compasses
Gobbler (A)
Gobbo (Launcelot)