a strong, thick line or cord, commonly one composed of twisted or braided strands of hemp, flax, or the like, or of wire or other material.
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.
a hangman's noose, halter, or cord.
the sentence or punishment of death by hanging.
a quantity of material or a number of things twisted or strung together in the form of a cord: a rope of tobacco.
a stringy, viscid, or glutinous formation in a liquid: ropes of slime.
to tie, bind, or fasten with a rope.
to enclose, partition, or mark off with a rope or ropes (often followed by off).
to catch with a lasso; lasso.
Nautical. to reinforce (a sail or awning) with a boltrope.
to be drawn out into a filament of thread; become ropy.
rope in, Informal. to lure or entice, especially by employing deception: The swindler had roped in a number of gullible persons.
Idioms about rope
at the end of one's rope, at the end of one's endurance or means; at the limit: With all her savings gone and bills piling up, she was at the end of her rope.
give someone enough rope, to allow a person complete freedom to continue their misdeeds in hope that retribution will follow.
on the ropes,
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.
- roper, noun
- ropelike, adjective
- un·roped, adjective
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How to use rope in a sentence
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.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I like decorating my slaves,” she said, referencing the rope, her thin, crimson-coated lips peeling off her front teeth.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 row of objects fastened or united to form a line: a rope of pearls; a rope of onions
a quantity of material twisted or wound in the form of a cord
anything in the form of a filament or strand, esp something viscous or glutinous: a rope of slime
a rope, noose, or halter used for hanging
death by hanging, strangling, etc
give someone enough rope to hang himself to allow someone to accomplish his own downfall by his own foolish acts
know the ropes
to have a thorough understanding of a particular sphere of activity
to be experienced in the ways of the world
on the ropes
boxing driven against the ropes enclosing the ring by an opponent's attack
in a defenceless or hopeless position
(tr) to bind or fasten with or as if with a rope
(tr usually foll by off) to enclose or divide by means of a rope
(intr) to become extended in a long filament or thread
(when intr , foll by up) mountaineering to tie (climbers) together with a rope
- See also rope in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other 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
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