Definition of rope in English:


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  • 1A length of strong cord made by twisting together strands of natural fibers such as hemp or artificial fibers such as polypropylene.

    ‘there was no way down, even with a rope’
    • ‘coils of rope’
    • ‘My eyes came to rest on a long strand of thick hemp rope, slightly frazzled but still in one piece.’
    • ‘A single strand of grass is easy to break, but if you weave enough of it together, you can get a nice, strong length of rope.’
    • ‘He stood up with about a two-foot length of hefty hemp rope in his hands.’
    • ‘He had noticed that the thick sisal rope which had snapped had been cut halfway through with a sharp instrument, probably a knife.’
    • ‘I tried to move my limbs only to find them restrained by what felt like thick strands of rope.’
    • ‘She nodded, and tiptoed to pull a length of thick rope from the back of the cart.’
    • ‘He pulled out a small length of thin nylon rope and a knife.’
    • ‘It was being pulleyed by several cords of thick rope overhead.’
    • ‘The fibers are twisted into ropes and sprayed with natural latex, which increases their elasticity.’
    • ‘They were linked by a great length of rope modestly coiled at both ends of the row.’
    • ‘Looming above was a great black ship, tethered to the inlet by several thick ropes disappearing into the deep, dark water.’
    • ‘Together, with Steve hauling on the rope and him climbing, he made it to the top of the cliff.’
    cord, cable, line, strand, hawser
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    1. 1.1North American A lasso.
      • ‘We had eight ropers out the first day and some of them had never thrown a rope in an arena, and there wasn't a calf missed.’
    2. 1.2the ropeUsed in reference to execution by hanging.
      ‘executions by the rope continued well into the twentieth century’
      • ‘The complete disregard for law and order which is so prevalent today is the direct result of the policies of the Government which resulted in the cane being abolished for disobedient schoolboys and the rope for murderers.’
    3. 1.3the ropesThe ropes enclosing a boxing or wrestling ring.
      ‘The announcer's voice came back into perspective with Dice as he sprinted into the ring, sliding under the ropes.’
      • ‘Hw walked down to the ring and bounced back and forth off the ropes.’
  • 2A quantity of roughly spherical objects such as onions or pearls strung together.

    ‘a rope of pearls’
    • ‘How exquisite she would look in the rope of garnet beads my mother gave me years ago for a birthday present.’
    • ‘He wore a rope of shining rubies around his neck and had a gold ring dangling from his right ear.’
    • ‘She gingerly pulled the rope of pearls out of the box, staring at them in disbelief, as if she expected them to disappear any moment.’
    • ‘She had several ropes of long black beads around her neck which she absent-mindedly played with in her hand, and her thin hair was done up in an elaborate style.’
  • 3the ropes informal The established procedures in an organization or area of activity.

    • ‘I want you to show her the ropes’
    • ‘new boys were expected to learn the ropes from the old hands’
    • ‘He wants me to continue my studies there and learn the ropes of our business.’
    • ‘A good staff is the institutional memory of your business; an important resource as you learn the ropes.’
    • ‘If it is a big house, consider bringing in an experienced person to show you the ropes and help you figure out the mixes.’
    • ‘Do as many student films as you can - learn the ropes here.’
    • ‘Artists are a dime-a-dozen and one needs to know what's hot and learn the ropes of the art trade at the same time.’
    • ‘What I did was hang around studios and get to learn the ropes.’
    • ‘Expectedly, he began to learn the ropes of movies and worked on screenplays.’
    • ‘He was supposed to show me the ropes and introduce me to the work over a period of six months.’
    • ‘If you're new at a company, such a network would make it easier to connect with other women who can help you learn the ropes.’
    • ‘I understood exactly his sentiments, having had to learn the ropes less than a year ago, with school already in session when I came.’
    • ‘You're going to have to learn the ropes and put in the time.’
    • ‘Michael was, in fact, an ideal candidate for one of the new middle-manager positions, but first he had to learn the ropes.’
    • ‘I hope you welcome her completely and show her the ropes around here.’
    • ‘It's your first day so just try to learn the ropes, starting tomorrow you're on a five sale daily quota for the first month.’
    • ‘They are the pioneers; no one has come before them to show them the ropes.’
    • ‘Often fresh out of school, they take low-paying jobs at small independent firms to learn the ropes.’
    • ‘That's because mentors show you the ropes - those that are tangible and intangible.’
    • ‘This is your chance to learn the ropes - remember that flexibility is the key.’
    • ‘In the year out, get work experience in a buying office and learn the ropes.’
    • ‘Yes, you need to figure out how to sell the service, but once you learn the ropes it's not all that hard to find customers.’
    know what to do, know the procedure, know the routine, know one's way around, know one's stuff, know what's what, understand the set-up, be experienced, be an old hand, know all the ins and outs
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    Mid 19th century with reference to ropes used in sailing.



/rōp/ /roʊp/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Catch, fasten, or secure with rope.

    ‘the calves must be roped and led out of the stockade’
    • ‘the climbers were all roped together’
    tie, bind, lash, truss, pinion
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    1. 1.1rope something offEnclose or separate an area with a rope or tape.
      • ‘police roped off the area’
    2. 1.2Climbing no object (of a party of climbers) connect each other together with a rope.
      • ‘we stopped at the foot of the ridge and roped up’
    3. 1.3rope down/upClimbing no object Climb down or up using a rope.
      • ‘the party had been roping down a hanging glacier’



/rōp/ /roʊp/


    give a man enough rope and he will hang himself
    • Given enough freedom of action a person will bring about their own downfall.

    on the rope
    • Roped together.

      • ‘the technique of moving together on the rope’
    on the ropes
    • 1Boxing
      Forced against the ropes by the opponent's attack.

      ‘It's the first round and Jackie's been on the ropes twice.’
      • ‘He is moving better and not laying on the ropes at all.’
      • ‘Bogie came out swinging, trying to put Dino on the ropes and Dino responds with a flurry of his own.’
      1. 1.1In state of near collapse or defeat.
        ‘behind the apparent success the company was on the ropes’
        • ‘The US is on the ropes because investment is collapsing, profits are imploding and share prices cascading.’
        • ‘Similarly, it's unwise, in my opinion, to offer false promises to an enemy who's trying to make a deal with you and is already on the ropes, if you can defeat him by straight-forward play.’
        • ‘The once-dazzling market is on the ropes as the bear market, fierce competition - and hubris - take their toll’
        • ‘The company's image was one of a business on the ropes.’
        • ‘Indeed, when a country is on the ropes, the markets respond to every move by the fundamentalists in precisely the opposite way to that expected by them.’
        • ‘Agriculture Canada claims it has the U.S. on the ropes.’
        • ‘‘Democrats really feel they have him on the ropes,’ notes one business lobbyist.’
        • ‘It's definitely been pushing up the expense to make games, but it's been good for a record industry that's still very much on the ropes.’
        • ‘With consumer prices on the ropes, bargains abound at the grocery.’
        • ‘This was Ed on the ropes, and we were beginning to feel sorry for him.’
        • ‘With PC sales and corporate investment in a slump, we know they're on the ropes and in deep denial.’

Phrasal Verbs

    rope in
    • rope someone in, rope in someonePersuade someone to take part in an activity despite their reluctance.

      ‘anyone who could sing in tune was roped in’
      • ‘I got roped into playing guitar in the band at church’


Old English rāp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch reep and German Reif.