rope's end

noun

Definition of rope's end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of rope especially for use as a lash for punishing
2 : a hangman's noose

rope's-end

transitive verb

Definition of rope's-end (Entry 2 of 2)

: to punish with a rope's end

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First Known Use of rope's end

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Transitive verb

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rope's end

Noun

Middle English roppys end, from roppys, ropes (genitive of rope entry 1) + end, ende end

Transitive verb

rope's end

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“Rope's end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rope%27s%20end. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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