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foursome

[fawr-suh m, fohr-] /ˈfɔr səm, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a company or set of four; two couples; a quartet:
to make up a foursome for bridge.
2.
Golf.
  1. a match between two pairs of players, each of whom plays his or her own ball.
  2. Also called Scotch foursome. a match between two pairs of players, in which each pair plays one ball and partners stroke alternately.
adjective
3.
consisting of four persons, things, etc.; performed by or requiring four persons.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; four + -some2
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Examples for foursome
  • It really requires the foursome to talk and coordinate to pin the player down.
  • Of course every bad shot on a golf course usually makes someone in the foursome happy.
  • But shortly after this foursome rob a well-cased mansion, they have a difference of opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for foursome

foursome

/ˈfɔːsəm/
noun
1.
a set or company of four
2.
(sport) a game between two pairs of players, esp a form of golf in which each partner in a pair takes alternate strokes at the same ball Compare fourball, greensome
3.
(modifier) of or performed by a company of four a foursome competition
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Word Origin and History for foursome
n.

early 16c., from four + -some (1). Golf sense is from 1867.

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