Значение идиомы on the ropes

[on the ropes] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Against the ropes of aboxing ring and almost not able to stand up.

The fighter was on theropes and could hardly lift his gloves.

2. Almost defeated; helpless;near failure.

The new supermarket took most of the business fromMr. Thomas’s grocery, and the little store was soon on the ropes.

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Значение идиомы on the ropes