know the ropes
Meaning: If you know the ropes, you know how to do a job properly, or you know how things work and how to get things done.
- Anyone who's been doing the job for a few months should know the ropes by now.
- We need someone to teach the new staff. Someone who knows the ropes and is good at explaining things.
Origin: Possibly derived from the days of sailing ships when sailors learned how to tie knots and handle ropes that were attached to the sails. A sailor who knew all this was said to "know the ropes".
Mario must know the ropes by now. It's been six months since he
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Contributor: Matt Errey