Definition of rope yarn in English:

rope yarn

noun

Nautical
  • 1Yarn obtained by untwisting rope strands, or used for making ropes.

  • 2A single yarn forming part of a strand in a rope; a piece of yarn obtained by unpicking an old rope.

adjective

Nautical
  • Designating a day given as a holiday or (especially) a half holiday. "rope-yarn Sunday": any of various days or afternoons in the week given as a holiday. Chiefly Naut. slang.

Origin

Late Middle English. From rope + yarn.

Pronunciation

rope yarn

/ˈrəʊp jɑːn/