Definition of rope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rəʊp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊp//
    Combat sports
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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 50 metres 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 quayside. I tripped over the guy rope of the tent in the dark. One of the bouncers lifted the velvet rope to let us enter the club. see also skipping 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 See related entries: Combat sports
  3. 3[countable] a number of similar things attached together by a string or thread a rope of pearls
  4. Word OriginOld English rāp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch reep and German Reif.Idioms
    be at the end of your tether (British English) (North American English 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 tether.
    give somebody enough rope
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    to allow somebody 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.
    (British English, informal) money that is earned very easily, for something that needs little effort The job only took about an hour—it was money for old rope. (informal) very close to being defeated
    show somebody/know/learn the ropes
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    (informal) to show somebody/know/learn how a particular job should be done
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rope