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on the ropes

Definition of on the ropes

informal

  1. :  in a very bad position or situation :  very close to failure or defeat <The company is on the ropes and in danger of closing.>



Word by Word Definitions

ropeplay ropes
  1. :  a large stout cord of strands of fibers or wire twisted or braided together

    :  a long slender strip of material used as rope

    :  a hangman's noose

  1. :  to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord

    :  to partition, separate, or divide by a rope

    :  lasso


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