know the ropes
To be familiar with the details of an operation: “You won't have to train the new computer operator; she already knows the ropes.”
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How to use know the ropes in a sentence
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy…and it's a legacy that is so important to the culture.
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
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No one seems to know who that is—or why they would want to do such a thing.
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He came to the top of the stairs with a lamp in his hand, and wanted to know what the rumpus was about.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
It seems very strange that I shall actually know Liszt at last, after hearing of him so many years.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Kind of a reception-room in there—guess I know a reception-room from a hole in the wall.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Other Idioms and Phrases with know the ropes
Be informed about the details of a situation or task. For example, Don't worry about Sara's taking over that reporter's job—she already knows the ropes. This expression alludes to sailors learning the rigging so as to handle a sailing vessel's ropes. It was being used figuratively by the late 1800s. The same allusion is present in show someone the ropes, meaning “to familiarize someone with the details,” as in Tom's very experienced—he'll show you the ropes.