show (one) the ropes

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show (one) the ropes

To explain or demonstrate to one 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 how to do everything from day one, without anyone showing you the ropes.
See also: rope, show
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

show someone the ropes

see under know the ropes.
See also: rope, show, someone
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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SHOW THE ROPES Ben Youngs works out as Ben Spencer looks on
GUJRAT -- A training workshop opened here at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the University of Gujrat (UoG) on Tuesday to show the ropes of most modern techniques and approaches in teaching to as many as 40 members of faculty from various departments of the varsity with a view to achieving academic excellence.
Frank Gehry will teach you design and architecture, Helen Mirren will show the ropes, if acting is your thing, and Ron Howard will explain the fine art of directing movies.
The atmosphere at the Centre is welcoming because "veterans" are eager to show the ropes to newcomers, Hedstron said.
A group of high-caliber American and British film executives are headed for the newly launched Dubai Investors Club to show the ropes and hobnob with Arab entrepreneurs who have grown weary of Hollywood.
For weekly stars call 09050 700 410 Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 It is your turn to show the ropes to a newcomer.
This time, Clarke's status within the European line-up is in direct contrast as he is now one of the players who will be expected to show the ropes to rookies like Paul Lawrie, Sergio Garcia and Jarmo Sandelin.
For more call 09050 700 400 (75p/min) Taurus April 21 - May 21 You can't sit back and watch a colleague make a bad job of something - show the ropes to a newcomer.