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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.
See also: know, rope

know the ropes

be thoroughly acquainted with the way in which something is done. informal
In its literal sense, this expression goes back to the days of sailing ships, when skill in handling ropes was essential for any sailor. The idiom is found in various forms, from the mid 19th century onwards, e.g. learn or understand the ropes and show or teach someone the ropes
See also: know, rope

show somebody/learn/know the ˈropes

(informal) explain to somebody/learn/know how to do a particular job, task, etc. correctly: It will take me a couple of weeks to learn the ropes but after that I should be fine.Mrs Brian will show you the ropes.This expression refers to a sailor learning the different ropes for the sails of a ship.
See also: know, learn, rope, show, somebody
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How Dickey picked Erickson isn't known, but he did know the ropes.
We know the ropes," added Geoff, 51, an aircraft engineer, from Fleet, Hampshire.
People who do this on a regular basis, they know the ropes.
Phrases such as "scraped from the bottom of the barrel," "they don't know the ropes," "keep a weather eye open," "barge in," or "bitter end," as well as such words as bootleg, fairway, or hijack.
makes a great destination in its own right -- especially if you know the ropes.
You'd think having gone through five weddings already, loved-up Gail would know the ropes, so what's with the delay?
But we have handled cases like this before and we know the ropes.
We have six seniors who were part of last year's team, so they know the ropes," Cormier said.
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.