- 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.
Idioms about 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
How to use rope in a sentence
Traversal in “Syndicate” shines with the grapple-gun, a device that shoots rope out of your arm.All the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ games, ranked|Elise Favis, Gene Park|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
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
Bud reminded her that she had not done any cursing at the time, being in his opinion too busy roping him in to support her.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
The cowmen were roping and rushing the stock that did not belong to them.
There the foreman waited until the lad had gotten within roping distance.
When it comes to putting my wits against a spook place, I'm beyond roping distance.
Roping up, we made an ascent half-way to the top which rose five hundred feet and commanded a grand panorama of glacier and coast.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
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
Other 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