One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rope attached to or passing through a ring; specifically (Nautical) a rope used to make the anchor cable of a ship more secure during bad weather.
2Any of the cords marking off a ring, especially a boxing or wrestling ring. Often in plural.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Tutchin (d. 1707), political writer. From ring + rope.
ring rope/ˈrɪŋ rəʊp/
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