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know the ropes

Be informed about the details of a situation or task. For example, Don't worry about Sara's taking over that reporter's job-she already knows the ropes. This expression alludes to sailors learning the rigging so as to handle a sailing vessel's ropes. It was being used figuratively by the late 1800s. The same allusion is present in show someone the ropes, meaning "to familiarize someone with the details," as in Tom's very experienced-he'll show you the ropes.
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makes a great destination in its own right -- especially if you know the ropes.
One insider said: "No one is complaining as these are experienced people who know the ropes, but it raises questions about why so many people were let go in the first place.
We have six seniors who were part of last year's team, so they know the ropes," Cormier said.
We know the ropes, participated in drafting the State standards, and understand the VAB process and principles of assessment.
SEAFARERS in the days of sail literally had to know the ropes - but knots were equally important.
I've been through the league, I know the ropes a bit.
These long-standing and capable gardeners; they know the ropes and were more than capable of looking after my little 'charges'.
It has been really useful to get to know the ropes from the shop floor, and to see how each aspect of the company works.
Seeking investment when you don't know the ropes can be difficult but the Conference can provide the support and contacts needed to secure investment and help your business grow.
All the three who will take charge have been working with Damon all season, so they know the ropes and there should be continuity.
For a start, he doesn't need it; he and Cherie are fabulously rich, they have paid help AND granny help, they've had ample experience of babies so they know the ropes and, anyway, he lives over the shop - he can pop up to see Cherie and the new baby if he wishes to do so.
s Re creat Saints don't have a lot of Premier League experience in their ranks and will have to bring in a few old hands who know the ropes.
When the boss arrived in January he brought in a few players who know the ropes and it's definitely helped us.
Seeking investment when you don't know the ropes can be difficult but the Connect Midlands Investment Conference and our many other programmes and showcases can provide the support and contacts needed to secure the investment to grow your business.
The decision came a race too late for rider Brian Hughes, who was given a hefty ten-day ban (October 18-27) for not riding out for third on Know The Ropes, who was fourth in the 2m6 1/2 f handicap chase.