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A four-in-hand (knot).


four-in-hand (plural four-in-hands)

  1. A carriage drawn by four horses controlled by one driver; a coach-and-four.
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Vintage 2007, p. 62:
      ‘I must see him!’ he exclaimed; but at that moment the Duke of Berwick's four-in-hand came between, and when it had left the space clear, the carriage had swept out of the Park.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
  2. (chiefly US) A slip knot with one end hanging in front of the other; a simple necktie.
    Synonym: schoolboy knot
    • 2013, A Scott Berg, Wilson, Berkley 2014, p. 293:
      He wore a black frock coat and light trousers, his cravat a gray four-in-hand.


A four-in-hand (carriage).

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