from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A four-wheel-drive motor vehicle.
  • n. A length of lumber that is 4 inches thick and 4 inches wide, or that is trimmed to slightly smaller dimensions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A four-wheel-drive vehicle with a four-speed transmission.
  • n. A four-wheel vehicle with four-wheel-drive.
  • n. By extension, any four-wheel-drive vehicle.


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  • ✒Thanks to WWD Media in the US for pointing out that Condé Nast Traveler has hot news for posh voyagers in the American version's April issue: Libya is one of its "15 best places to see right now" the Roman ruins are nice, it seems, as is traversing the Sahara "by four-by-four or camel".

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  • If the wrong people had seen the four-by-four—if the wrong people knew an American officer was eating dinner here, along with two spooks, a tribal sheikh, and a couple of interlopers, then this would be the moment to attack.

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  • That is how Mohamad and I ended up in the back of a four-by-four with Alan and a Philadelphia judge named Daniel L. Rubini, roaring down the middle of Palestine Street in a two-car convoy that was painfully, conspicuously, deafeningly American.

    Day of Honey

  • Witnesses say it appears the kidnappers knew who they were looking for and forced the men into a four-by-four vehicle.

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  • Media reports said Queen Elizabeth II's second son hit the officer as he was driving his four-by-four through the palace gates.

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  • "Sadly, the four-by-four has became an acceptable alternative to Mercedes or BMW for the pompous, self-important driver," Mr. King told the London Daily Mail in 2004.

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  • Instead, for three presidential debates and one vice presidential contest, the networks assembled their four-by-four lines groups of professional hedgers to see who had paid the least attention during the last 20 months.

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  • We were reduced to, you know, a couple drops of water on a four-by-four gauze pad for our shower.

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  • But the last mile up a steep rocky trail is to be attempted only by a four-by-four, especially if the rocks are slick with rain.

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  • A random collection of posts held the roof up—one of them a pressure-treated four-by-four, one a turned and lathed column; another was a formerly straight whitewashed post with chipping paint.



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