Origin of rope yarn
Definition for rope yarn (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
Origin of yarn
Examples from the Web for rope yarn
If the storm continues another hour, I would not give a rope-yarn for all your lives.
Some rope-yarn was passed about his wrists, and in this condition he was dragged to Captain Morgan.On the Spanish Main|John Masefield
I believe they make his cigarettes out of rope-yarn and distilled opium.The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna|Gertrude W. Morrison
See, Tommy; I have found this key fastened with a rope-yarn round his neck.Sunshine Bill|W H G Kingston
On board the Swash all was well—not a rope-yarn had parted, or an eyebolt drawn.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for rope yarn (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for rope yarn (2 of 2)
- to tell such a story
- to make up or relate a series of excuses
Word Origin for yarn
Word Origin and History for rope yarn
Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.
Idioms and Phrases with rope yarn
see spin a yarn.