New entry in the series, letter L.
What it means:
If you are learning the ropes of something, you are learning how to do it.
When to use it:
There are millions of ways and situations when you can use this idiom. When I started teaching, I had to learn the ropes of teaching, become familiar with what to do.
It is often associated to starting a new job and getting used to the new tasks it involves.
Here are 2 synonyms of learn the ropes:
- get the hang of something
- get the knack of something (the -k- is silent here, like in ‘know’)
Other Interesting Indioms in L:
Last laugh – to finally be more successful than someone who was unpleasant to you or finally succeed after experiencing setbacks.
Lay down the law – give instructions or orders in an authoritarian way (ex: when a mother tells you to clean up your room)
leading edge – sometimes cutting edge – refers to the most advanced position in a field (ex: leading edge technology)
Keep on learning!