Definition of Rope-a-dope

1. Noun. A boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches.

Generic synonyms: Boxing, Fisticuffs, Pugilism



Definition of Rope-a-dope

1. Noun. (boxing) A technique in which the boxer assumes a defensive stance against the ropes and absorbs an opponent's blows, hoping to exploit eventual tiredness or a mistake. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Any strategy where an apparently losing position is assumed in the hope of eventual victory. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rope-a-dope

rootworm
rootworms
rooty
rootzone
rootzones
rooves
ropa vieja
ropable
ropalic
ropalocytosis
rope
rope's-end
rope's-ended
rope's-ending
rope's-ends
rope-a-dope (current term)
rope-a-dopes
rope-maker
rope-walk
rope bridge
rope burn
rope down
rope flap
rope in
rope ladder
rope off
rope tow
rope up
rope yard
rope yarn

Literary usage of Rope-a-dope

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Muhammad Ali & Company by Thomas Hauser (1998)
"He was the "dope" in Muhammad Ali's "rope-a-dope." Now Zaire is in the past. Instead of "rope-a-dope," we have "munch-and-punch," "eat-and-beat," ..."

2. Do the Right Thing: The People's Economist Speaks by Walter Edward Williams (1995)
"If we go for the balanced budget rope-a-dope, we will have given Congress a perfect excuse to gouge us to death; it'll claim, "the Constitution requires it. ..."

3. Rattapallax by George Dickerson, Michael Graves, Robert Harding, Judith Werner (1999)
"Currently working on their new album, due out in May 2004 on Rope-A-Dope Records, they continue touring exhaustively (for show dates check antibalas.com). ..."

4. Speech: A Dialog by Tyrone Taborn (2005)
"I just use the Ali "rope a dope" routine. I keep quiet and take the hits, hoping she will just get tired and stop. Often, that's how we treat these seminars ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Rope-a-dope on Dictionary.com!Search for Rope-a-dope on Thesaurus.com!Search for Rope-a-dope on Google!Search for Rope-a-dope on Wikipedia!

Search