"Yes, for instance, roping bandits with that Mexican lasso that the cowboys gave her last season," suggested Emma.
I was just over on the dock doing some roping stunts with Curly.
roping a cow is the easiest thing in the business, and then a tame, foolish, domestic co-bos like that one!
Listen: I have observed that the roping stitches on that sail have been cut!
In the roping of the huge wild steers there was much opportunity for the display of skill and nerve.
After roping and riding them all we got them together and headed for home.
Particular attention should be paid to the roping and clews of these sails.
But I was not aware that you had engaged in roping or harnessing the animal.
He was sitting beside Nora Darling in the grand stand, explaining to her the fine points of "roping."
They are after me on the men, but appear to be roping you in on the boys.
Old English rap "rope, cord, cable," from Proto-Germanic *raipaz (cf. Old Norse reip, West Frisian reap, Middle Dutch, Dutch reep "rope," Old Frisian silrap "shoe-thong," Gothic skauda-raip "shoe-lace," Old High German, German reif "ring, hoop"). Technically, only cordage above one inch in circumference and below 10 (bigger-around than that is a cable). Nautical use varies. Finnish raippa "hoop, rope, twig" is a Germanic loan-word.
To know the ropes (1840, Dana) originally is a seaman's term. Phrase on the ropes "defeated" is attested from 1924, a figurative extension from the fight ring, where ropes figure from 1829. To be at the end of (one's) rope "out of resources and options" is first attested 1680s. Formerly also in many slang and extended uses related to punishment by hanging, e.g. John Roper's window "a noose," rope-ripe "deserving to be hanged," both 16c. To give someone (enough) rope (to hang himself) is from 1650s.
c.1300, "bind with a rope," from rope (n.). Meaning "mark off with rope" is from 1738; to rope (someone or something) in is from 1848. Related: Roped; roping.