rope

rope
rope [rōp]
n.
[ME rop < OE rap, akin to Ger reif (Goth raip) < IE * reip-, rag, piece of cloth < base * rei-, to tear > REAP, REEF2]
1. a thick, strong cord made of intertwisted strands of fiber, thin wires, leather strips, etc.
2. [pl.] such cords strung between posts to enclose a boxing ring
3.
a) such a cord, or a noose made of it, for hanging a person
b) death by hanging: with the
4. LASSO
5.
a) a length, esp. a thick, flexible length, of something [a rope of taffy, a rope of hair]
b) a ropelike string of things put together by or as by twisting, twining, braiding, or threading [a rope of pearls]
6. a ropelike, sticky formation in a liquid, as in wine
vt.
roped, roping
1. to fasten, tie, or confine with or as with a rope
2. to connect or tie together (esp. mountain climbers) by a rope
3. to separate, mark off, or enclose with a rope: usually with in, off, or out
4. to catch or throw with a lasso
vi.
to become ropelike and sticky [to cook candy until it ropes]
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give someone enough rope or give someone rope
to allow someone freedom of action in the expectation that that person will overreach himself or herself
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know the ropes
Informal to be fully acquainted with the details or procedures of something
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on the ropes
1. Boxing knocked against the ropes
2. Slang near collapse or ruin
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☆ rope in
Slang to entice or trick into doing something
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the end of one's rope
the end of one's endurance, resources, etc.
roper
n.

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