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1. A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
2. A string of items attached in one line, especially by twisting or braiding: a rope of onions.
3. A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
a. A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
b. Execution or death by hanging: to die by the rope.
5. A lasso or lariat.
6. ropes Sports Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
7. ropes Informal Specialized procedures or details: learn the ropes; know the ropes.
8. Baseball A line drive.
v. roped, rop·ing, ropes
1. To tie, fasten, or attach with a rope or other cord.
2. To enclose, separate, or partition with a rope or other cord: rope off the scene of the crime.
3. To catch with a rope or lasso.
4. Informal To persuade or manipulate (someone): My boss roped me into attending the ceremony.
Phrasal Verbs:
rope down
1. To descend using a rope, as from a cliff or a hovering helicopter.
2. To lower (something) by means of a rope.
rope up
1. To climb a steep slope or dangerous area using a rope.
2. To attach climbers to a rope for safety: roped up before crossing the glacier.
on the ropes
1. Sports Knocked against the ropes that enclose a boxing ring.
2. On the verge of defeat or collapse; hopeless or powerless.

[Middle English, from Old English rāp.]

rop′er n.
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1. (Professions) another name for rope maker
2. obsolete a person who is to be punished by means of the rope
3. (Agriculture) agriculture a person who uses a rope to secure bales
4. (Agriculture) agriculture US a lasso-user
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roper - a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game)roper - a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game)
decoy, steerer - a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
2.roper - a cowboy who uses a lasso to rope cattle or horses
cowboy, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, puncher, cattleman - a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
3.roper - a craftsman who makes ropes
artisan, journeyman, artificer, craftsman - a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
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References in classic literature ?
Then, instead of approaching the fallen animal as a roper of the western plains might do, Korak dragged his captive to himself, pulling him in hand over hand, and when he was within reach leaping upon him even as Sheeta the panther might have done, and burying his teeth in the animal's neck while he found its heart with the point of his hunting knife.
"He ain't got distangy manners, dammy," Bragg observed to his first mate; "he wouldn't do at Government House, Roper, where his Lordship and Lady William was as kind to me, and shook hands with me before the whole company, and asking me at dinner to take beer with him, before the Commander-in-Chief himself; he ain't got manners, but there's something about him--" And thus Captain Bragg showed that he possessed discrimination as a man, as well as ability as a commander.
Anywhere under forty feet I am an excellent roper, at fifty feet I am fair; but over that I knew it would be a matter of luck if I succeeded in getting my noose about that beautiful arched neck.
And the big brown elephant catchers, the trackers and drivers and ropers, and the men who know all the secrets of breaking the wildest elephants, passed him from one to the other, and they marked his forehead with blood from the breast of a newly killed jungle-cock, to show that he was a forester, initiated and free of all the jungles.
Ms Roper's father, Adrian Roper, 64, said: "Bethan's tragic death left family and friends with a big hole to fill and a challenge to try and get something positive to take forward from her life."
Mr Roper will be performing himself at the event at the Adamsdown Family Centre, alongside an Iranian refugee singer and hopefully a Sudanese drummer.
Some like Stanley Spencer walked away from being involved, but Jacob Epstein and John Piper produced magnificent works for Llandaff Cathedral and when Pace met the young sculptor Frank Roper, who had been a pupil of Henry Moore, they created a partnership that lasted for decades.
Speaking two months on from the tragedy, her dad, charity worker Aidan Roper, has described his grief for the first time, tellingWalesOnlinethe "hole" in his life will "never go away" while recalling the last time he saw his daughter.
Mr Roper was serving on destroyer HMS Bulldog on his 20th birthday when it and HMS Broadway intercepted U-boat U110 off the Irish coast in 1941.
British Transport Police said its initial inquiries suggested Miss Roper may have been leaning out of a carriage window at the time.
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