ropes

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In the sense of skills, a now figurative use that originally referred to literal ropes. The phrase “he knows the ropes” written on a seaman’s discharge meant that he was inexperienced and only familiar with a ship’s principal ropes.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ropes

  1. plural of rope
  2. (in the plural, with the) Basic skills of a job.
    |show someone the ropes|show the ropes, learn the ropes

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

ropes

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative of rope

References[edit]

  1. ^ William L. Brackin (July 1991), “Military Courtesy”, in Naval Orientation (NAVEDTRA; 12966), Washington, D.C.: Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity; United States Government Printing Office, →OCLC, page 7-19.

Anagrams[edit]

Asturian[edit]

Noun[edit]

ropes

  1. plural of ropa

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

ropes

  1. plural of rop (rope)