"on all fours" meaning in English

Adverb

Audio: En-au-on all fours.ogg [Australia]
  1. On one's hands and knees. Tags: idiomatic, not-comparable
    Translations (on hands and knees): lau hankan (Basque), de quatre grapes (Catalan), a quatre grapes (Catalan), 四肢著地 [Mandarin] (Chinese), 四肢着地 (sìzhī zháodì, sìzhī zhuódì) [Mandarin] (Chinese), kvargambe (Esperanto), neljakäpakil (Estonian), nelinkontin (Finnish), kontallaan (Finnish), à quatre pattes (French), auf allen vieren (German), στα τέσσερα (sta téssera) (Greek), négykézláb (Hungarian), á fjórum fótum (Icelandic), carponi (Italian), a quattro piedi (Italian), gattoni (Italian), a quattro zampe (Italian), 四つん這いで (yotsunbai de) (Japanese), 四つんばいで (yotsunbai de) (Japanese), quadrupēs (Latin), pekewhā (Maori), på alle fire [Bokmål] (Norwegian), på alle fire [Nynorsk] (Norwegian), na czworakach (Polish), de quatro (Portuguese), în patru labe (Romanian), на четвере́ньках (na četverénʹkax) (Russian), на кара́чках (na karáčkax) (Russian), четверо̀ношке̄ [Cyrillic] (Serbo-Croatian), četverònoškē [Roman] (Serbo-Croatian), a cuatro patas (Spanish), a veinte uñas (english: referring to sex position) [vulgar] (Spanish), på alla fyra (Swedish), a fyrom-fotom (Westrobothnian) Disambiguation of 'on hands and knees': 98 2
  2. In a manner which is similar in nature or effect to something else; consistently. Tags: followed by "with", idiomatic, not-comparable, often

Alternative forms

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      "code": "eu",
      "lang": "Basque",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "lau hankan"
    },
    {
      "code": "ca",
      "lang": "Catalan",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "de quatre grapes"
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      "lang": "Catalan",
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      "tags": [
        "Mandarin"
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      "word": "四肢着地"
    },
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      "code": "eo",
      "lang": "Esperanto",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
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      "lang": "Estonian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "neljakäpakil"
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      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
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      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "kontallaan"
    },
    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "à quatre pattes"
    },
    {
      "code": "de",
      "lang": "German",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "auf allen vieren"
    },
    {
      "code": "el",
      "lang": "Greek",
      "roman": "sta téssera",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "στα τέσσερα"
    },
    {
      "code": "hu",
      "lang": "Hungarian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "négykézláb"
    },
    {
      "code": "is",
      "lang": "Icelandic",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "á fjórum fótum"
    },
    {
      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "carponi"
    },
    {
      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "a quattro piedi"
    },
    {
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      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "gattoni"
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      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "a quattro zampe"
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      "word": "四つん這いで"
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      "lang": "Latin",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "quadrupēs"
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      "code": "mi",
      "lang": "Maori",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "pekewhā"
    },
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      "lang": "Norwegian",
      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "tags": [
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      "tags": [
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      "sense": "on hands and knees",
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      "sense": "on hands and knees",
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      "sense": "on hands and knees",
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    },
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      "sense": "on hands and knees",
      "word": "på alla fyra"
    },
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