on the ropes
phrasal in a defensive and often helpless position

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the ropes — When something or someone is on the ropes, it or they are doing badly and likely to fail …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the ropes — ► on the ropes 1) Boxing forced against the ropes by the opponent s attack. 2) in state of near collapse. Main Entry: ↑rope …   English terms dictionary

  • on the ropes — adverb (or adjective) 1. : in a groggy defenseless state upon the ropes of a boxing ring 2. : in a helpless condition emotionally, physically and financially I was on the ropes Polly Adler * * * on the ropes 1. Driven back against the ropes of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • On the Ropes — This article is about the 1999 film. For the album by Mint Royale, see On the Ropes (album). For the upcoming film, see On the Ropes (2011 film). On the Ropes Directed by Nanette Burstein Brett Morgen Cinematography Brett Morgen …   Wikipedia

  • on the ropes — adjective a) Leaning against the ropes of the boxing ring, as when exhausted and nearing defeat or collapse. The champ had his opponent on the ropes at the end of the third round and knocked him out in the fourth. b) Showing signs of imminent… …   Wiktionary

  • on the ropes — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Against the ropes of a boxing ring and almost not able to stand up. * /The fighter was on the ropes and could hardly lift his gloves./ 2. Almost defeated; helpless; near failure. * /The new supermarket took most of the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the ropes — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Against the ropes of a boxing ring and almost not able to stand up. * /The fighter was on the ropes and could hardly lift his gloves./ 2. Almost defeated; helpless; near failure. * /The new supermarket took most of the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ the\ ropes — adv or adj. phr. 1. Against the ropes of a boxing ring and almost not able to stand up. The fighter was on the ropes and could hardly lift his gloves. 2. Almost defeated; helpless; near failure. The new supermarket took most of the business from… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on the ropes — doing badly and likely to fail. His political career is on the ropes. Etymology: from the idea of a weakened prize fighter who leans against the ropes that surround the boxing ring …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the ropes — informal having serious problems, and likely to fail The opposition has the government on the ropes …   English dictionary

  • on the ropes —    When something or someone is on the ropes, it or they are doing badly and likely to fail.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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