- 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.
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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 roperoper, nounropelike, adjectiveun·roped, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for rope
Traversal in “Syndicate” shines with the grapple-gun, a device that shoots rope out of your arm.
The Hainan gibbons’ adoption of the bridge suggests that other primates may also use rope bridges in fragmented forests, says Susan Cheyne.Analyze This: Ropes restore a gibbon highway through a rainforest|Carolyn Wilke|November 11, 2020|Science News For Students
The narrow rope fills cracks ¼ inch to ½ inch wide, and the wider rope fills cracks ½ inch to one inch wide.Why is it so expensive to patch an asphalt driveway?|Jeanne Huber|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
She returned two weeks later, again with Honnold, but took a terrible fall on the first pitch, which ultimately sent her to the hospital with a severe rope burn across her neck.Behind the Scenes of Emily Harrington's Historic Climb|Andrew Bisharat|November 6, 2020|Outside Online
This is the mussel’s attachment to the rocks or rope or whatever it was growing on.Mussels are simple to prepare, and add tasty drama to the table|Martha Holmberg|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
Run ahead and climb up on the fence, if you want to see them roping.Jack, the Young Ranchman|George Bird Grinnell
Roping a live engine is by long odds worse than roping wild Buffalo on the plains or Uncle Sam's cannon at the forts.The Life and Adventures of Nat Love|Nat Love
Is there any other State in this nation where the roping of sheep-herders and the wholesale butchery of sheep would be permitted?Cavanagh: Forest Ranger|Hamlin Garland
If you want to use him, and if you can hold up to that little sample of roping yuh gave us, I'll pay yuh sixty a month.Cow-Country|B. M. Bower
The snow lay deep on the Roseg, and roping was essential, though Pietro undertook to avoid any difficult crevasses.The Silent Barrier|Louis Tracy
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 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 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