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noun 
  1. A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide.
    • 1973: She raised the handle of her beautiful to her eyes and scanned the Western horizon. " Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me (Penguin 2001, p. 96)
  2. 1994: He rode his horse with the reins tied and he wore a pistol at his belt and a plain flatcrowned hat of a type no longer much seen in that country and he wore tooled boots to his knees and carried a . " Cormac McCarthy?, The Crossing
verb 
  1. To use a quirt to urge a horse on to greater speed.
Etymology: From Spanish cuerda "cord", or Mexican Spanish cuarta "whip".


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