show someone the ropes

Explanation: What is an idiom?

show the way to do a job


"Here's your pint. Congratulations on the new job. How was your first day."

"A bit bleeding confusing. Have you ever used a computer?"

"Me? No, wouldn't touch one with a bargepole."

"Yeah, well, all the employees are supposed to know all these different programs, aren't they?"

"Hang on, if that's the case, how'd you manage to get the job?"

"Lied, didn't I."

"Oh, wonderful."

"And there are all these procedures to get to know."

"You'll be alright. All you need to do is find someone who'll show you the ropes and you'll be fine."

"Cheers mate. Cor, that's going down nicely..."


Have you ever been on a boat? Yes, well boats have ropes, and a lot of them, to tie in different ways with different knots. If you're going to be a good sailor, you first have to know how to handle the ropes of a boat. Hence, to know the ropes. This expression has now widened to refer to any institution where there are a lot of different things to learn about the place and its workings.

Category: s,work

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