show sb the ropes meaning, show sb the ropes definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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rope

  
  ( ropes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( roping    present participle)   ( roped    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   A rope is a thick cord or wire that is made by twisting together several thinner cords or wires. Ropes are used for jobs such as pulling cars, tying up boats, or tying things together.  
He tied the rope around his waist., ...a piece of rope.     
2       verb   If you rope one thing to another, you tie the two things together with a rope.  
I roped myself to the chimney.      V n to n  
3    If you give someone enough rope to hangthemselves, you give them the freedom to do a job in their own way because you hope that their attempts will fail and that they will look foolish.  
give sb enough rope to hang      phrase   give inflects  
The King has merely given the politicians enough rope to hang themselves...     
4    If you are learning the ropes, you are learning how a particular task or job is done.  
INFORMAL  
learn the ropes      phrase   V inflects  
5    If you know the ropes, you know how a particular job or task should be done.  
INFORMAL  
know the ropes      phrase   V inflects  
The moment she got to know the ropes, there was no stopping her.     
6    If you describe a payment as money for old rope, you are emphasizing that it is earned very easily, for very little effort.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
money for old rope      phrase   usu v-link PHR     (emphasis)   
7    If you show someone the ropes, you show them how to do a particular job or task.  
INFORMAL  
show sb the ropes             phrase   V inflects   rope in      phrasal verb   If you say that you were roped into do a particular task, you mean that someone persuaded you to help them do that task.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
INFORMAL   usu passive  
Visitors were roped in for potato picking and harvesting...      be V-ed P for n  
I got roped in to help with the timekeeping.      be V-ed P to-inf, Also be V-ed P   rope off      phrasal verb   If you rope off an area, you tie ropes between posts all around its edges so that people cannot enter it without permission.  
You should rope off a big field and sell tickets.      V P n (not pron)  
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show     ( shows    plural & 3rd person present)   ( showing    present participle)   ( showed    past tense)   ( shown    past participle  )
1       verb   If something showsthat a state of affairs exists, it gives information that proves it or makes it clear to people.  
Research shows that a high-fibre diet may protect you from bowel cancer...      V that  
These figures show an increase of over one million in unemployment...      V n  
It was only later that the drug was shown to be addictive...      be V-ed to-inf  
You'll be given regular blood tests to show whether you have been infected.      V wh  
2       verb   If a picture, chart, film, or piece of writing shows something, it represents it or gives information about it.  
Figure 4.1 shows the respiratory system...      V n  
The cushions, shown left, measure 20 x 12 inches and cost $39.95...      V-ed  
Much of the film shows the painter simply going about his task...      V n -ing  
Our photograph shows how the plants will turn out.      V wh  
3       verb   If you show someone something, you give it to them, take them to it, or point to it, so that they can see it or know what you are referring to.  
Cut out this article and show it to your bank manager...      V n to n  
He showed me the flat he shares with Esther...      V n n  
I showed them where the gun was...      V n wh  
4       verb   If you show someone to a room or seat, you lead them there.  
Let me show you to my study...      V n prep/adv  
I'll show you the way.      V n n  
5       verb   If you show someone how to do something, you do it yourself so that they can watch you and learn how to do it.  
Claire showed us how to make a chocolate roulade...      V n wh  
Dr. Reichert has shown us a new way to look at those behavior problems.      V n n  
6       verb   If something shows or if you show it, it is visible or noticeable.  
His beard was just beginning to show signs of grey...      V n  
Faint glimmers of daylight were showing through the treetops...      V  
7       verb   If you show a particular attitude, quality, or feeling, or if it shows, you behave in a way that makes this attitude, quality, or feeling clear to other people.  
She showed no interest in her children...      V n  
Ferguson was unhappy and it showed...      V  
You show me respect...      V n n  
Mr Clarke has shown himself to be resolutely opposed to compromise...      V n to-inf  
The baby was tugging at his coat to show that he wanted to be picked up.      V that  
8       verb   If something shows a quality or characteristic or if that quality or characteristic showsitself, it can be noticed or observed.  
The story shows a strong narrative gift and a vivid eye for detail...      V n  
How else did his hostility to women show itself?      V pron-refl  
9       n-count   Ashowof a feeling or quality is an attempt by someone to make it clear that they have that feeling or quality.  
usu a N of n  
Miners gathered in the centre of Bucharest in a show of support for the government...     
10       n-uncount   If you say that something is forshow, you mean that it has no real purpose and is done just to give a good impression.  
The change in government is more for show than for real...     
11       verb   If a company shows a profit or a loss, its accounts indicate that it has made a profit or a loss.  
It is the only one of the three companies expected to show a profit for the quarter...      V n  
12       verb   If a person you are expecting to meet does not show, they do not arrive at the place where you expect to meet them.  
  (mainly AM)   (=turn up)  
There was always a chance he wouldn't show.      V  
      Show up means the same as show., phrasal verb  
We waited until five o'clock, but he did not show up...      V P  
13       n-count   A television or radio show is a programme on television or radio.  
oft supp N   (=programme)  
I had my own TV show..., This is the show in which Loyd Grossman visits the houses of the famous., ...a popular talk show on a Cuban radio station...     
14       n-count   A show in a theatre is an entertainment or concert, especially one that includes different items such as music, dancing, and comedy.  
How about going shopping and seeing a show in London?...     
15       verb   If someone shows a film or television programme, it is broadcast or appears on television or in the cinema.  
The BBC World Service Television news showed the same film clip...      V n  
American films are showing at Moscow's cinemas.      V  
  showing     ( showings    plural)    n-count  
I gave him a private showing of the film.     
16       n-count   A show is a public exhibition of things, such as works of art, fashionable clothes, or things that have been entered in a competition.  
also on N  
The venue for the show is Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre Hall..., Two complementary exhibitions are on show at the Africa Centre...     
17       verb   To show things such as works of art means to put them in an exhibition where they can be seen by the public.  
50 dealers will show oils, watercolours, drawings and prints from 1900 to 1992.      V n  
18       adj   A show home, house, or flat is one of a group of new homes. The building company decorates it and puts furniture in it, and people who want to buy one of the homes come and look round it.  
ADJ n  
19    If a question is decided by a show of hands, people vote on it by raising their hands to indicate whether they vote yes or no.  
show of hands      phrase  
Parliamentary leaders agreed to take all such decisions by a show of hands..., Russell then asked for a show of hands concerning each of the targets.     
20    If you have something to show for your efforts, you have achieved something as a result of what you have done.  
have something to show for sth      phrase   have inflects, PHR n  
I'm nearly 31 and it's about time I had something to show for my time in my job...     
21    You can say `I'll show you' to threaten or warn someone that you are going to make them admit that they are wrong.  
I'll show you      phrase  
She shook her fist. `I'll show you,' she said...     
22    If you say it just goes to show or it just showsthat something is the case, you mean that what you have just said or experienced demonstrates that it is the case.  
it just goes to show      phrase   PHR that, PHR n  
This just goes to show that getting good grades in school doesn't mean you're clever...     
23    If you say that someone steals the show, you mean that they get a lot of attention or praise because they perform better than anyone else in a show or other event.  
steal the show      phrase   V inflects  
Brad Pitt steals the show as the young man doomed by his zest for life.     
24   
    to show someone the door  
    door  
    to show your face  
    face   show around      phrasal verb  
in BRIT, also use show round      If you show someone around or show them round, you go with them to show them all the interesting, useful, or important features of a place when they first visit it.  
Would you show me around?...      V n P  
Spear showed him around the flat.      V n P n   show off  
1       phrasal verb   If you say that someone isshowing off, you are criticizing them for trying to impress people by showing in a very obvious way what they can do or what they own.,   (disapproval)    All right, there's no need to show off...      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you show off something that you have, you show it to a lot of people or make it obvious that you have it, because you are proud of it.  
Naomi was showing off her engagement ring...      V P n (not pron)  
He actually enjoys his new hair-style and has decided to start showing it off.      V n P  
3   
    show-off   show up  
1       phrasal verb   If something shows up or if something shows it up, it can be clearly seen or noticed.  
You may have some strange disease that may not show up for 10 or 15 years...      V P  
...a telescope so powerful that it can show up galaxies billions of light years away...      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If someone or something shows you up, they make you feel embarrassed or ashamed of them.  
He wanted to teach her a lesson for showing him up in front of Leonov...      V n P  
3   
    show 12  


chat show        ( chat shows    plural  ) A chat show is a television or radio show in which people talk in a friendly, informal way about different topics.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use talk show     
floor show        ( floor shows    plural  ) , floorshow   A floor show is a series of performances by dancers, singers, or comedians at a night club.      n-count  
game show        ( game shows    plural  ) Game shows are television programmes on which people play games in order to win prizes.      n-count  
Being a good game-show host means getting to know your contestants.     
horse show        ( horse shows    plural  ) A horse show is a sporting event in which people riding horses compete in order to demonstrate their skill and control.      n-count  
picture show        ( picture shows    plural  ) A picture show is a film or cinema.  
  (AM)  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-count  
Punch and Judy show     ( Punch and Judy shows    plural  ) A Punch and Judy show is a puppet show for children, often performed at fairs or at the seaside. Punch and Judy, the two main characters, are always fighting.      n-count  
show business     
Show business is the entertainment industry of film, theatre, and television.      n-uncount  
He started his career in show business by playing the saxophone and singing.     
show jumper        ( show jumpers    plural  ) A show jumper is a person who takes part in the sport of show jumping.      n-count  
I loved horses as a child and was a junior show jumper.     
show jumping      , showjumping  
Show jumping is a sport in which horses are ridden in competitions to demonstrate their skill in jumping over fences and walls.      n-uncount  
show-off        ( show-offs    plural  ) , showoff   If you say that someone is a show-off, you are criticizing them for trying to impress people by showing in a very obvious way what they can do or what they own.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
  (disapproval)   
show-stopping      , showstopping  
A show-stopping performance or product is very impressive.  
INFORMAL      adj   ADJ n     (approval)   
show trial        ( show trials    plural  ) People describe a trial as a show trial if they believe that the trial is unfair and is held for political reasons rather than in order to find out the truth.      n-count  
  (disapproval)   
...the show trials of political dissidents.     
talent show        ( talent shows    plural  ) A talent show, talent competition, or talent contest is a show where ordinary people perform an act on stage, usually in order to try to win a prize for the best performance.      n-count  
talk show        ( talk shows    plural  ) , talk-show   A talk show is a television or radio show in which famous people talk to each other in an informal way and are asked questions about different topics.      n-count  
(=chat show)  

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show

  

      vb  
1    appear, be visible, blow wide open     (slang)   disclose, display, divulge, evidence, evince, exhibit, indicate, make known, manifest, present, register, reveal, testify to  
2    assert, clarify, demonstrate, elucidate, evince, explain, instruct, point out, present, prove, teach  
3    accompany, attend, conduct, escort, guide, lead  
4    accord, act with, bestow, confer, grant  
      n  
5    array, demonstration, display, exhibition, expo     (informal)   exposition, fair, manifestation, pageant, pageantry, parade, representation, sight, spectacle, view  
6    affectation, air, appearance, display, illusion, likeness, ostentation, parade, pose, pretence, pretext, profession, semblance  
7    entertainment, presentation, production  
  
Antonyms     
  
1 & 2    be invisible, conceal, deny, disprove, gainsay     (archaic or literary)   hide, keep secret, mask, obscure, refute, suppress, veil, withhold  


show-off     
boaster, braggadocio, braggart, egotist, exhibitionist, hot dog     (chiefly U.S.)   peacock, poseur, swaggerer  
show off  
1    advertise, demonstrate, display, exhibit, flaunt, parade, spread out  
2    blow one's own trumpet, boast, brag, hot-dog     (chiefly U.S.)   make a spectacle of oneself, shoot a line     (informal)   strut one's stuff     (chiefly U.S.)   swagger  
show up  
1    expose, highlight, lay bare, pinpoint, put the spotlight on, reveal, unmask  
2    appear, be conspicuous, be visible, catch the eye, leap to the eye, stand out  
3      (informal)   embarrass, let down, mortify, put to shame, shame, show in a bad light  
4      (informal)   appear, arrive, come, make an appearance, put in an appearance, show one's face, turn up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
award for the best dog in a dog show
At French dog shows they use the English expression
v.
update sb.
Did you hear what happened? - No, fill me in, please.
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
id.
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
n.
attractive woman that you marry to show your success
n.
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
id.
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
n.
a model or example that shows how something works
[UK] I like to read books that is a paradigm of human life because I can learn from it.
n.
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
[Fam.]
n.
someone who shows no support or enthusiasm about an idea/proposal/situation

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