Meaning of FOUR in English



a father of two/three/four etc (= a man with two, three etc children )

The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.

a four/five/six etc figure number (= a number in the thousands/ten thousands/hundred thousands etc )

Choose a four figure number that you can easily remember.

a group of three, four, five etc

There was a group of three at the bar, two men and a woman.

a one in three/four/ten etc chance (= used to say how likely something is )

People in their 30s have a one in 3,000 chance of getting the disease.

all fours

be four weeks/three months etc in arrears

The rent money is two months in arrears.

nine out of ten/three out of four etc

Nine out of ten students pass the test first time.

petit four

plus fours

split sth three/four etc ways (= share something between three, four etc people or groups )

The money will have to be split three ways.

the four corners of sth

Each team was based in one of the four corners of the pool.

two/three/four etc abreast (= with two, three, four etc people or vehicles next to each other )

The planes were flying four abreast.

two/three/four etc billion

3.5 billion years ago

Overseas debt is a staggering £16 billion.

two/three/four etc dozen (= 24, 36, 48 etc )

The number of deaths has risen to more than two dozen.

two/three/four etc hundred

I make nine hundred dollars a week.

a journey of 15 hundred miles

two/three/four etc million

seven million dollars

£37 million of new investment

two/three/four etc thousand

five thousand dollars

The company employs 30 thousand people.

two/three/four etc trillion

$5.3 trillion

Japan’s exports were worth $43 trillion last year.


a two/three/four etc horse race

The women's competition was a two horse race between last year's winners Surrey and previous champions Essex.


serve two/three/four etc (people)

After serving two years of her sentence, she was released on probation.

As no man can serve two masters we had long been told no wise general tries to fight on two fronts.

He gave Edberg no chance of breaking him, serving four stunning aces and a massive percentage of first services.

Newton was released after serving two years in prison.

Reagan became the first incumbent to serve two terms in the presidency since Dwight D.. Eisenhower in the 1950s.

She served three consecutive terms from 1877 to 1885, and was noted for her fearlessness and power of debate.

The new managers saw their administrative responsibilities as serving two purposes.

This story serves two important purposes.

sleep two/four/six etc

All the comfortable rooms sleep two and are of a high standard with private shower and W.C; most have a balcony.

Expect to pay $ 115 for a cabin that sleeps four during peak season.

He was probably fed up with having to sleep four to a bed.

I can actually go home and sleep six hours at night now.

Rates start at $ 75 per night off-season for a cabin that sleeps two.

Soldiers sleep four or six to a dormitory, with lockable doors and private bathrooms.

The properties, which sleep four people, are based at Rosecraddoc Manor, set in 38 acres of woodlands near Liskeard.

They sleep six to a bed and wake up to the fiery sting of bug bites.

these four walls

I don't want anything that I have said repeated outside these four walls .

I can not be said to have a life outside these four walls .

What purpose did she serve sitting looking at these four walls ?

throw dice/a six/a four etc

twenty-four hour clock

two bits/four bits

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