learn the ropes

learn the ropes

To learn or understand the basic details of how to do or perform a job, task, or activity. We have a few high-priority projects we need to get done now, so you'll need to learn the ropes on your own. This class is intense! They don't even give you a chance to learn the ropes before they throw an exam at you.
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learn the ropes

COMMON If you learn the ropes, you learn how to do a particular job or task. He tried hiring more salesmen to push the products, but they took too much time to learn the ropes. By the time he was 34, he had learnt the ropes of the jewellery trade. Note: You can also say that someone knows the ropes when they know how a particular job or task should be done. He'd been in the business for over ten years so he knew 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.
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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.
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Tiny tots, teens and everyone inbetween are often invited to the popular pizza place to learn the ropes and take home an all-important certificate.
Jindal Global University (JGU) has signed a MoU with New Zealand's University of Otago to opportune its students to learn the ropes of international business at the Otago Master of International Business (MIntBus) and Master of Marketing Course (MMart).
Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.
In this first episode, new recruit Conor (Kevin Mains) continues to learn the ropes, but his mum isn't particularly happy about his career.
Cheryl is already pretty businesssavvy but she's really keen to learn the ropes of what her husband does.
They will learn the ropes of working with North Tyneside Homes whilst also working towards a customer service NVQ at North Tyneside Enterprise and Skills Centre.
Now the bosses' union, the LMA, is discussing ways to help the next generation learn the ropes.
All academy recruits will be placed on our extensive training programme to learn the ropes, and gain all of the skills required to be a success within the recruitment industry.
Students also learn the ropes the old-fashioned way: by carrying model planes around the room and landing them at a plywood airport.
He told the Leeds website: "It's a great opportunity to work at a big club with a great manager and learn the ropes from someone else on the inside.
As the senior non-commissioned officer he spent a great deal of time helping newly arrived Navy enlisted personnel learn the ropes of their assignments, orient them to their new mission and environment, while continuing their Navy careers.
We follow them as they meet their host, learn the ropes of the new business, and struggle with the obstacles.
But he elected to take his time and learn the ropes.
With his wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) and newborn baby to provide for, Tom begins to learn the ropes from his mentor Chip (Jason Bateman).
FORTY unemployed people from Knowsley seeking work in the hotel industry will be flown to Paris to learn the ropes.