Know the Ropes IDIOM

Idiom – Know The Ropes

Meaning – to know how something works, to be familiar with a procedure, to understand how a system operates, to have experience in a particular area

In Context – Colin will be responsible for the new intern until he knows the ropes.

Origin – A nautical term, this expression originally meant that a sailor only had basic experience (i.e. they had only mastered the basic ropes).

Other usage – you can also say; show someone the ropes, learn the ropes, teach someone the ropes


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