the ropes

plural noun

Definition of the ropes

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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“The ropes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20ropes. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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