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Difference between Acquirement, Acquisition, Attainment and Accomplishment

Difference between Five-by-five and Four-by-four


1. said of a radio signal which is loud and clear:

  • The standard “loud and clear” to an American had to be a “five by five” or a “three by three” depending on the reception.

2. (in the phrase “everything is five by five”) everything is all right:

  • To stave off any potential concerns about my wellbeing, let me reassure you all that everything is five by five.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase seven-by-nine—(dated sl.) said of people or things of poor or inferior quality:

  • The Duke of Newcastle in the elder Pitt’s time was a “seven-by-nine” or peanut politician of the foremost type.

four-by-foura vehicle with four-wheel drive:

  • Those involved are calling for higher road taxes on four by four users and higher parking permit fees.