Definition of rope-a-dope in English:

rope-a-dope

Syllabification: rope-a-dope
Pronunciation: /ˈrōp ə ˌdōp
 
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noun

US informal
  • A boxing tactic of pretending to be trapped against the ropes, goading an opponent to throw tiring ineffective punches.
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    • Drawing upon other-worldly fortitude and raw courage, Ali simply outlasted Foreman, with his rope-a-dope tactics, before knocking him out in the eighth round.
    • Perhaps they're attempting a footballing version of Muhammad Ali's famous rope-a-dope?
    • If you caught the Roy Jones Jr. fight last night you saw his rope-a-dope, ‘chicken wing ‘work to perfection right before sending his opponent to the canvas with a huge right hand.

Origin

1970s: coined by Muhammad Ali, referring to a tactic in a boxing match with George Foreman.

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