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1The length of a rope; (hence) a relatively short distance.
2Irish English. "every rope's length": every part or bit; compare "every inch". Frequently in "how is every rope's length of you" and variants: ‘how are you?’ Now rare.
Late 18th century. From the genitive of rope + length.
rope's length/ˌrəʊps ˈlɛŋ(k)θ/
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