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Show you the ropes

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 23, 2003

In Reply to: Show you the ropes posted by Kit on June 23, 2003

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase 'I'll show you the ropes'... ie. to show someone the basics/how something is done. Methinks it's a nautical term originally, but where from? Any suggestions?

: Cheers peeps.

: Kit

Not 100% on this but I think it has to do with showbusiness, with the ropes being used by stagehands to open and close curtains, lower props etc.
So if I am to "show you the ropes" then you are in training to learn a skill.