American English

Definition of rope noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] very strong, thick string made by twisting thinner strings, wires, etc. together The rope broke and she fell 150 feet onto the rocks. We tied his hands together with rope. The anchor was attached to a length of rope. Coils of rope lay on the dock. see also jump rope, tow rope
  2. 2the ropes [plural] the fence made of rope that is around the edge of the area where a boxing or wrestling match takes place
  3. 3[countable] a number of similar things attached together by a string or thread a rope of pearls
  4. Idioms
    be at the end of your rope
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    to feel that you cannot deal with a difficult situation any more because you are too tired, worried, etc. You'd better let her know you're safe. She's at the end of her rope.
    give somebody enough rope
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    to allow someone freedom to do what they want, especially in the hope that they will make a mistake or look silly The question was vague, giving the interviewee enough rope to hang herself.
    jump/skip rope
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    to jump over a rope that is held at both ends by you or by two other people and is passed again and again over your head and under your feet She likes to jump rope as a warm-up. see also jump rope
    on the ropes (informal)
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    very close to being defeated
    show somebody/know/learn the ropes (informal)
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    to show someone/know/learn how a particular job should be done
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rope