1. (palmo) 
a. span 
2. (automotive) 
a. fourth (gear) 
meter (la) cuartato go into fourth (gear)
1 (Matemáticas) quarter
2 (palmo) span
3 (Automóviles) fourth gear; fourth
meter la cuarta to go into fourth (gear); put it o the car into fourth (gear)
4 (Náutica) point of the compass; (of the compass)
5 (México) (látigo) a short whip used for horse-riding
6 (S. Cone) (Agr) extra pair of oxen
a la cuarta short of money
la situación económica nos trae a todos a la cuarta the economic situation has left us all broke o short of money; a fin de mes siempre andamos a la cuarta at the end of the month we're always short of money; es muy tacaño, nos tiene a todos a la cuarta he's very mean, we're crying out for money
andar de la cuarta al pértigo (S. Cone)
vivir a la cuarta (S. Cone) (México)
to be on the bread line
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