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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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Verb1.rope down - lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainsiderope down - lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside; "The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous"; "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
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References in classic literature ?
The boss-boys were called and given their orders to rope down the hospital with its two additions.
"I was very proud of our guys, the way we competed in that third quarter, because we could have let go of the rope down 13," Lue said.
My room is on the third floor and I will throw a rope down which will have the money for you.
According to Alaska Dispatch News, Jenkins first dropped a rope down to Hartung, however, he could not hear any instructions due to the rushing water.
"They got a rope and tied knots in it and carefully lowered the rope down inside the cavity.
Accordingly, I took him off belay, and threw my end of the rope down the crag.
As the blazing platform As the blazing platform creaked, Ed threw a rope down creaked, Ed threw a rope down 70ft and led some colleagues 70ft and led some colleagues down to the sea.
HELP Rescuers feed a safety rope down to trapped Jamie
A fisherman was throwing a rope down to me tirelessly.
There could also be a forwardfacing abseil rope down the side, a freefall rope drop, known as a fan descender, and an 'urban ape' ladder climb.