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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In this first episode, new recruit Conor (Kevin Mains) continues to learn the ropes, but his mum isn't particularly happy about his career.
Now the bosses' union, the LMA, is discussing ways to help the next generation learn the ropes.
Cheryl is already pretty businesssavvy but she's really keen to learn the ropes of what her husband does.
You will learn all the techniques you will need to start working right-away, but the most important aspect is that you will be taught by professionals in a professional environment: our students learn the ropes inside London's Michelin starred restaurants, under the guide of the restaurant's Head Chef.
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.
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.
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).
And Harry may now give Jamie the chance to so some coaching and learn the ropes at Portsmouth depending on when he finalises his backroom staff and how long he stays at the club.
FORTY unemployed people from Knowsley seeking work in the hotel industry will be flown to Paris to learn the ropes.
A lot of good poker players such as Moneymaker learn the ropes online and anonymously, protected from the embarrassment of screwing up in front of experienced opponents.
Fifteen men compete as they learn the ropes of stripping.
The programme, for isolated women from ethnic minority groups, started in 2001 and has proved such a success that its participants have taken the plunge and decided to learn the ropes themselves.