- 1A length of thick strong cord made by twisting together strands of hemp, sisal, nylon, or similar material: there was no way down, even with a rope [mass noun]: coils of ropeMás ejemplos en oraciones
- My eyes came to rest on a long strand of thick hemp rope, slightly frazzled but still in one piece.
- A single strand of grass is easy to break, but if you weave enough of it together, you can get a nice, strong length of rope.
- He stood up with about a two-foot length of hefty hemp rope in his hands.
- 1.1North American A lasso.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- We had eight ropers out the first day and some of them had never thrown a rope in an arena, and there wasn't a calf missed.
- 1.2 (the rope) Used in reference to execution by hanging: executions by the rope continued well into the twentieth centuryMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The complete disregard for law and order which is so prevalent today is the direct result of the policies of the Government which resulted in the cane being abolished for disobedient schoolboys and the rope for murderers.
- 1.3 (the ropes) The ropes enclosing a boxing or wrestling ring.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- The announcer's voice came back into perspective with Dice as he sprinted into the ring, sliding under the ropes.
- Hw walked down to the ring and bounced back and forth off the ropes.
- 2A quantity of roughly spherical objects such as onions or beads strung together: a rope of pearlsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- How exquisite she would look in the rope of garnet beads my mother gave me years ago for a birthday present.
- He wore a rope of shining rubies around his neck and had a gold ring dangling from his right ear.
- She gingerly pulled the rope of pearls out of the box, staring at them in disbelief, as if she expected them to disappear any moment.
- 3 (the ropes) • informal The established procedures in an organization or area of activity: I want you to show her the ropes[ mid 19th century: with reference to ropes used in sailing]Más ejemplos en oraciones
- He wants me to continue my studies there and learn the ropes of our business.
- A good staff is the institutional memory of your business; an important resource as you learn the ropes.
- If it is a big house, consider bringing in an experienced person to show you the ropes and help you figure out the mixes.
verbo[with object] Volver al principio
- 1Catch, fasten, or secure with rope: the calves must be roped and led out of the stockade the climbers were all roped togetherMás ejemplos en oraciones
- They rope his hand and attach the other end to a door bolt and leave the poor dolt there.
- Nevertheless, as a precaution, the murderers roped their victims together and led them to a gully where any attempt to escape would be impeded before they went about their grisly business.
- They built a little hut out of a tarp, then roped their plastic ponchos together and hung it between to trees to make a ceiling.
- 1.1 (rope something off) Enclose or separate an area with a rope or tape: police roped off the areaMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The area around the tree is roped off and reserved for those with special tickets.
- This year, it was finally decided that their crumbling site would be roped off, depriving the revellers of their usual spot.
- Walking in the rain because the escalators down to the dangerously overcrowded platforms have been roped off for safety.
- 1.2 [no object] Climbing (Of a party of climbers) connect each other together with a rope: we stopped at the foot of the ridge and roped upMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I can still see myself roping up, checking all of my knots, and peeking over at Mikey; hoping for a bit of encouragement or maybe just a bit of courage.
- Today the team roped up and headed up for a tour of the upper Khumbu Glacier.
- You could rope up and go ice climbing on the Kennicott or Root glaciers, or hike across the tundra to an alpine lake.
- 1.3 [no object] (rope down/up) Climbing Climb down or up using a rope: the party had been roping down a hanging glacierMás ejemplos en oraciones
- We roped up at the base, did our cross-check, then climbed up a short wall and across easy slopes, traversing upward and left until we reached an obvious belay.
- So, once again we roped up and got ready to climb.
- The Rock Climbing Section minimized rope burn while rappelling (then called ‘roping down’) by feeding the rope through a carabiner, a metal link attached to their gear.
- 2 (rope someone in/into) Persuade someone, despite reluctance, to take part in (an activity): anyone who could sing in tune was roped inMás ejemplos en oraciones
- While academicians and sitting district judges were the adjudicators for the semi-finals, three sitting judges of the High Court were roped in for the final.
- For the first time, acrobats from Russia have been roped in to ensure there is greater excitement.
- Lynda and some of her students had been on a field study in the Duddon Valley; Stuart had been roped in to drive the school mini-bus.
give a man enough rope (or plenty of rope) and he will hang himself
money for old rope
- see money.Sinónimosa cinch, child's play, a gift, a walkover• informal a doddle, a walk in the park, a piece of cake, a picnic, money for jam, a breeze, kids' stuff, a cushy job/number, a doss, a cakewalk, a pushoverNorth American • informal duck soupAustralian/New Zealand • informal a bludgeSouth African • informal a piece of old tackie• dated a snipBritish • vulgar slang a piece of piss
on the ropes
- Boxing Forced against the ropes by the opponent’s attack.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- It's the first round and Jackie's been on the ropes twice.
- He is moving better and not laying on the ropes at all.
- Bogie came out swinging, trying to put Dino on the ropes and Dino responds with a flurry of his own.
- In state of near collapse or defeat: behind the apparent success the company was on the ropesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The US is on the ropes because investment is collapsing, profits are imploding and share prices cascading.
- Similarly, it's unwise, in my opinion, to offer false promises to an enemy who's trying to make a deal with you and is already on the ropes, if you can defeat him by straight-forward play.
- The once-dazzling market is on the ropes as the bear market, fierce competition - and hubris - take their toll
a rope of sand
- • literary Used in allusion to something providing only illusory security or coherence: our union will become a mere rope of sandMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The effort to maintain his dream with such consistency as to make it a reality is enormous, ‘much more arduous than weaving a rope of sand or coining the faceless wind’.
- China was still, as Sun Yatsen said, ‘a rope of sand’.
Old English rāp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch reep and German Reif.