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  1. a method of tiring out a boxing opponent by pretending to be trapped on the ropes while the opponent expends energy on punches that are blocked
  2. (as modifier): rope-a-dope strategy
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C20: coined by Muhammad Ali
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in boxing, the tactic of pretending to be on the ropes while the opponent gets tired out by throwing punches's 21st Century Lexicon
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