rope-a-dope


noun
    • a method of tiring out a boxing opponent by pretending to be trapped on the ropes while the opponent expends energy on punches that are blocked

    • (as modifier): rope-a-dope strategy

Origin of rope-a-dope

1
C20: coined by Muhammad Ali

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