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rope-a-dope

noun
1.
  1. a method of tiring out a boxing opponent by pretending to be trapped on the ropes while the opponent expends energy on punches that are blocked
  2. (as modifier): rope-a-dope strategy
Word Origin
C20: coined by Muhammad Ali
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noun

in boxing, the tactic of pretending to be on the ropes while the opponent gets tired out by throwing punches

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