One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forced against the ropes by the opponent's attack.
- ‘He is moving better and not laying on the ropes at all.’
- ‘Bogie came out swinging, trying to put Dino on the ropes and Dino responds with a flurry of his own.’
- ‘It's the first round and Jackie's been on the ropes twice.’
- 1.1 In state of near collapse or defeat.‘behind the apparent success the company was on the ropes’
- ‘The US is on the ropes because investment is collapsing, profits are imploding and share prices cascading.’
- ‘This was Ed on the ropes, and we were beginning to feel sorry for him.’
- ‘It's definitely been pushing up the expense to make games, but it's been good for a record industry that's still very much on the ropes.’
- ‘With consumer prices on the ropes, bargains abound at the grocery.’
- ‘‘Democrats really feel they have him on the ropes,’ notes one business lobbyist.’
- ‘Agriculture Canada claims it has the U.S. on the ropes.’
- ‘With PC sales and corporate investment in a slump, we know they're on the ropes and in deep denial.’
- ‘Similarly, it's unwise, in my opinion, to offer false promises to an enemy who's trying to make a deal with you and is already on the ropes, if you can defeat him by straight-forward play.’
- ‘The once-dazzling market is on the ropes as the bear market, fierce competition - and hubris - take their toll’
- ‘Indeed, when a country is on the ropes, the markets respond to every move by the fundamentalists in precisely the opposite way to that expected by them.’
- ‘The company's image was one of a business on the ropes.’
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