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


rop·er, nounrope·like, adjectiveun·roped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ropelike

  • The jungle thickets are not infrequently choked by underbrush and interlaced with ropelike, trailing plants.

  • The trees were tall, their cover dense; long, ropelike vines hung in festoons.

    The Leopard Woman|Stewart Edward White
  • Monkeys swung above in the ropelike tendrils of the rubber-vines, and spotted deer gamboled beneath the shade of mango trees.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast|Rounsevelle Wildman
  • She had dark brown eyes and thick auburn hair, hanging down in a ropelike braid.

    The Slipper Point Mystery|Augusta Huiell Seaman

British Dictionary definitions for ropelike

/ (rəʊp) /



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 ropelike


In addition to the idiom beginning with rope

  • rope in

also see:

  • end of one's rope
  • enough rope
  • (show someone) know the ropes
  • on the ropes
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