rope-a-dope

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rope-a-dope
 
n
a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): rope-a-dope strategy
 
[C20: coined by Muhammad Ali]

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Main Entry:  rope-a-dope
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in boxing, the tactic of pretending to be on the ropes while the opponent gets tired out by throwing punches
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