One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash.
whip, horsewhip, lash, strap, birch, switch, flailView synonyms
- ‘For years people who want to have a recreational horse, and enjoy themselves, and don't want to have to be pulling and jerking on their horse or smacking it around with a quirt, or ramming the spurs home, have benefitted from our program.’
Hit with a quirt.
hit, beat, flog, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, flagellate, flail, strap, birch, cane, belt, leatherView synonyms
- ‘Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.’
Mid 19th century (originally US): from Spanish cuerda ‘cord’ (from Latin chorda ‘cord’) or from Mexican Spanish cuarta ‘whip’.
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