Later I discovered that United gave its spokesmen plenty of rope so they could go and hang themselves in the media.
They even put out a video of fighters from the two camps engaged in robust tug of war with a rope to show they are not enemies.
“I like decorating my slaves,” she said, referencing the rope, her thin, crimson-coated lips peeling off her front teeth.
Northup was left bound tightly, with a rope around his neck, under the blazing sun for an entire day.
I sense Obama has just reached the end of his rope on this one.
"rope him, and put a saddle on him and bust him," they called resoundingly.
Ignacio, you are near the end of your rope, and you may as well prepare for your fate.
Chuck the man a rope's-end and he'll haul the raft alongside.'
I felt the rope cutting my waist as Sim jerked and tugged at it with all his strength.
Bring me that rope off them pile of boxes while I make him fast.
Old English rap "rope, cord, cable," from Proto-Germanic *raipaz (cf. Old Norse reip, West Frisian reap, Middle Dutch, Dutch reep "rope," Old Frisian silrap "shoe-thong," Gothic skauda-raip "shoe-lace," Old High German, German reif "ring, hoop"). Technically, only cordage above one inch in circumference and below 10 (bigger-around than that is a cable). Nautical use varies. Finnish raippa "hoop, rope, twig" is a Germanic loan-word.
To know the ropes (1840, Dana) originally is a seaman's term. Phrase on the ropes "defeated" is attested from 1924, a figurative extension from the fight ring, where ropes figure from 1829. To be at the end of (one's) rope "out of resources and options" is first attested 1680s. Formerly also in many slang and extended uses related to punishment by hanging, e.g. John Roper's window "a noose," rope-ripe "deserving to be hanged," both 16c. To give someone (enough) rope (to hang himself) is from 1650s.
c.1300, "bind with a rope," from rope (n.). Meaning "mark off with rope" is from 1738; to rope (someone or something) in is from 1848. Related: Roped; roping.