- the cords used to enclose a prize ring or other space.
- Informal. the operations of a business or the details of any undertaking: The new employee didn't take long to learn the ropes.
verb (used with object), roped, rop·ing.
verb (used without object), roped, rop·ing.
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Idioms for rope
- Boxing. in a defenseless position, as leaning against the ropes to keep from falling.
- Informal. in a desperate or hopeless position; close to defeat or failure: By repeatedly undercutting his prices, his competitors soon had him on the ropes.
Origin of rope
OTHER WORDS FROM roperoper, nounropelike, adjectiveun·roped, adjective
Words nearby rope
Example sentences from the Web for rope
Serrations are designed to cut rope or cord but also reduce the portion of a blade that can be used to perform other cutting tasks, and they’re difficult to sharpen.Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Knife|Wes Siler|September 3, 2020|Outside Online
In traditional cultures, this might involve things like making rope, gathering and processing food, constructing houses, and firing pottery.No, Animals Do Not Have Genders - Facts So Romantic|Cailin O'Connor|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
If you’re looking for indoor activities, think about streaming a yoga class or finding a jump rope.
If you shake it up and down, you create a wave, with the rope as your medium.
The piece of rope touching your hand doesn’t move away from your hand.
She tugged on the black rope that wrapped around his thighs and torso, her leather gloves creaking with each adjustment.
“I like decorating my slaves,” she said, referencing the rope, her thin, crimson-coated lips peeling off her front teeth.
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.
Clinton, meanwhile, spent several minutes greeting audience members along the rope line and posing for cellphone selfies.Hillary Clinton Basks in Labor’s Love: ‘This Is Like a Homecoming!’|David Freedlander|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, what politician blurts out a major life decision while working a rope line?Bill Clinton's McConnell Attack May Be What We'll Remember From the Steak Fry|Ben Jacobs|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It occurred to him then, for the first time, that a third resource was open—he might cut the rope, and let the kite go free!The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Once the rope got tangled around Squinty's foot, and he jumped over it to get free.
All this while Squinty was chewing on the apple which he had picked up from the ground after he had jumped over the rope.
Every few days after that the boy took Squinty out of his pen, and let him do the rope-jumping and the acorn-hunting tricks.
And it did not take Squinty long to learn to jump the rope when there was no apple on the other side.
British Dictionary definitions for rope
- a fairly thick cord made of twisted and intertwined hemp or other fibres or of wire or other strong material
- (as modifier)a rope bridge; a rope ladder
- a rope, noose, or halter used for hanging
- death by hanging, strangling, etc
- to have a thorough understanding of a particular sphere of activity
- to be experienced in the ways of the world
- boxing driven against the ropes enclosing the ring by an opponent's attack
- in a defenceless or hopeless position
Word Origin for rope
Idioms and Phrases with rope
In addition to the idiom beginning with rope
- rope in
- end of one's rope
- enough rope
- (show someone) know the ropes
- on the ropes