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.
learn the ropes phrase V inflects
5 If you know the ropes, you know how a particular job or task should be done.
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.
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.
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.
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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