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be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. I had never worked on a ranch before, but I was shown the ropes by a friend of mine. This is Samantha, our new intern. Make sure she's shown the ropes by the end of the week.
See also: rope, shown
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You can do it at home, having been shown the ropes by your GP or practice nurse.
During the visit Phil was shown the ropes by former apprentice and now PD Ports mechanical fitter, Daniel McDougal, 26, from Ingleby Barwick, and the firm's apprentice electrician, Andrew Melton, 19, of Ormesby.
Plus, Loose Woman and actress Sherrie Hewson is mentored by plate-spinning expert Andrew Van Buren, and former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be shown the ropes by Circus of Men.
Presented by Stephen Mulhern, the series kicks off with an episode in which former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be shown the ropes by Circus of Men.
Earlier, I was shown the ropes by an instructor, who advised me to lean into the turns and told me how a wire which attached me to the snowmobile would cut the engine should I come a cropper.
The new woman - who is also being shown the ropes by Wills' nanny Jessie Webb - will then join the royals on their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Bookended by very brief modern-day, live-action sequences, the proceedings waste little time in going back some 70 million years to tell the coming-of-age story of Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), an underdog of a young Pachyrhinosaurus who's shown the ropes by the flighty Alex (Leguizamo).
But what really had gym members buzzing was the ultimate tug-of-war team challenge in which 18 muscly men took sides and were literally shown the ropes.
Wales Office Minister David Jones is shown the ropes at Honeywell in St Asaph
Kate will be pursuing her own projects in time, but the plan is very much for her to be introduced to the role and shown the ropes, and not plunging in unprepared.
He joins the same firm, selling life insurance door-to-door, and is shown the ropes by smarmy Mike Ramsay (Matthew Goode).
Paul Nicholls shown the ropes by Post assistant editor Ben Newton
She will be shown the ropes by one family and tour the locality with them to learn as much as she can from the area.