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The meaning and origin of the expression: Learn the ropes

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Learn the ropes

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Learn the ropes'?

Learn something new.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Learn the ropes'?

A nautical term, from the days of sailing ships when new recruits had to learn how to tie knots and which rope hauled up which sail. After which of course they would know the ropes.

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