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rope

2 verb
     
rope2 [transitive]
1 [always + adverb/preposition] to tie things together using rope
rope something to something
Suitcases were roped to the top of the car.
rope somebody/something together
Mountaineers rope themselves together for safety.
2 American EnglishTA to catch an animal using a circle of rope:
The calves are roped and branded.

rope somebody into something

phrasal verb
to persuade someone to help you in a job or join in an activity, especially when they do not want to
rope somebody into doing something
Denise roped me into selling tickets.
rope somebody in to do something
Anyone who could sing was roped in to help.
Have you been roped in too?

rope something ↔ off

phrasal verb
to surround an area with ropes, especially in order to separate it from another area:
The stairs were roped off.

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