rope-a-dope noun

    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 for rope-a-dope C20: coined by Muhammad Ali Examples from the Web for rope-a-dope Contemporary Examples of rope-a-dope

  • It was painful to take it, and we knew we would be criticized, but it was our version of the rope-a-dope.

    A Day in the Life of The Roots’ Questlove

    Marlow Stern

    December 9, 2011

  • Imagine a boxer who deployed a rope-a-dope strategy but spent the entire fight taking punch after punch on the ropes.

    Obama’s Next Budget Deal Cave-In

    Eric Alterman

    April 13, 2011

  • He describes a strategy he uses where he lets his opponent win a few undeserving rounds, similar to a rope-a-dope in boxing.

    Obama’s Poker Club Tells All

    Randall Lane

    December 8, 2010

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