on the ropes

adverb (or adjective)
1. : in a groggy defenseless state upon the ropes of a boxing ring
2. : in a helpless condition

emotionally, physically and financially I was on the ropes — Polly Adler

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on the ropes
1. Driven back against the ropes of a boxing ring
2. Nearing defeat, desperate
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Main Entry:rope

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on the ropes informal phrase
having serious problems, and likely to fail

The opposition has the government on the ropes.

Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym
Main entry: rope

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Boxing forced against the ropes by the opponent's attack
in state of near collapse or defeat

behind the apparent success the company was on the ropes

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on the ropes
informal : in a very bad position or situation : very close to failure or defeat

The company is on the ropes and in danger of closing.

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Main Entry:rope

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on the ˈropes idiom
(informal) very close to being defeated
Main entry:ropeidiom

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