Idioms for rope

Origin of rope

before 900; (noun) Middle English rop(e), rap(e), Old English rāp; cognate with Dutch reep, German Reif; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM rope

rop·er, nounrope·like, adjectiveun·roped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on the ropes

rope
/ (rəʊp) /

noun

verb

See also rope in

Word Origin for rope

Old English rāp; related to Old Saxon rēp, Old High German reif
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Idioms and Phrases with on the ropes (1 of 2)

on the ropes

On the verge of defeat or collapse, helpless, as in They acknowledged that their campaign was on the ropes, and they could not possibly win the election. This expression, alluding to a boxer forced back to the ropes of the ring and leaning against them for support, has been used figuratively since the mid-1900s.

Idioms and Phrases with on the ropes (2 of 2)

rope

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