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rope

 (rōp)
n.
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.
4.
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
tr.v.
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.
Idiom:
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roping - capturing cattle or horses with a lassoroping - capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
calf roping - capturing a calf with a lasso and binding its feet
steer roping - capturing a steer with a lasso
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
References in classic literature ?
Listen: I have observed that the roping stitches on that sail have been cut
And thus, by painstaking and continued practice, he learned the art of roping.
In imagination he could see her roping a horse, and it always made him shudder.
Them times is past, like roping bear with Bill Ping.
I am only roping some of that new set of bags we made last trip for whipping up coals," he remonstrated, gently.
So Judy writes with a particular expertise in "Riding, Roping, And Roses: Colorado's Women Ranchers" of what Colorado women ranchers have been able to accomplish in a country and a business that was and continues to be dominated by men.