show someone the ropes

show (one) the ropes

To explain or demonstrate to someone how to do or perform a job, task, or activity. I know there's a lot to take in, but your partner has been here for over 10 years and will show you the ropes. This class is intense! You're expected to know to do everything from day one, without anyone showing you the ropes.
See also: rope, show

show someone the ropes

see under know the ropes.
See also: rope, show

show someone the ropes

If you show someone the ropes, you show them how to do a particular job or task. Jake will take you around and show you the ropes. Note: The verb teach is sometimes used instead of show. He promised to work overtime teaching Brown the ropes. Note: The origin of this expression is from sailing ships, where the sailors had to get to know the complicated system of ropes which made up the rigging.
See also: rope, show