- 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.
Words nearby rope
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 roperop·er, nounrope·like, adjectiveun·roped, adjective
Examples from the Web for ropelike
The jungle thickets are not infrequently choked by underbrush and interlaced with ropelike, trailing plants.The World and Its People: Book VII|Anna B. Badlam
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
- 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 ropelike
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