the ropes

plural noun

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1 : the special way things are done at a particular place or in a particular activity The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes. It will take a few weeks for new employees to learn the ropes. someone who knows the ropes

2 : a fence made of rope that encloses a boxing or wrestling ring The boxer was pushed back against the ropes.

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