Four Corners

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Four Corners

The document itself; the face of a written instrument.

The term is ordinarily included in the phrase within the four corners of the document, which denotes that in ascertaining the legal significance and consequences of the document, the parties and the court can only examine its language and all matters encompassed within it. Extraneous information concerning the document that does not appear in it—within its four corners—cannot be evaluated.

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My box, by the weight of my body, the goods that were in, and the broad plates of iron fixed for strength at the four corners of the top and bottom, floated about five feet deep in water.
"Sir," said d'Avrigny to Villefort, so loud that all might hear, "poor Barrois has led too sedentary a life of late; accustomed formerly to ride on horseback, or in the carriage, to the four corners of Europe, the monotonous walk around that arm-chair has killed him -- his blood has thickened.
So the most renowned knights came from the four corners of the earth and retired down the dragon's throat one after the other.
Thus, on his hands and knees, he made his way to the four corners of the room, so to speak, sniffing and going round everything --everything that we could see, which was not much, and everything that we could not see, which must have been infinite.
The four corners were garnished with plates of cake.
A handkerchief, tied at the four corners, is to be the signal."
That crowd which the four sergeants posted at nine o'clock in the morning at the four corners of the pillory had inspired with the hope of some sort of an execution, no doubt, not a hanging, but a whipping, a cropping of ears, something, in short,--that crowd had increased so rapidly that the four policemen, too closely besieged, had had occasion to "press" it, as the expression then ran, more than once, by sound blows of their whips, and the haunches of their horses.
I've been down to the four corners and watched them chatting up the girls.
Headquartered in Farmington, New Mexico, Four Corners Community Bank serves the Four Corners region with seven locations.
The area known as the Four Corners epitomizes this, yet it is frequently bypassed by tourists.