End of one’s tether                                                       At loose ends

All knotted up                                                              Walking a tightrope

A knotty problem                                                         Rope a dope

Three sheets to the wind                                              Lead by the nose

Hanging around                                                           Sleep tight

Getting the hang of it                                                   Devil’s rope (barbed wire)

Hung up                                                                      Cloud swing (aerial act on rope in a circus)

Strung Out                                                                  Loop the loop

Get hitched                                                                  Jumping rope

Tying the knot                                                              Pulling for you

Roped in                                                                      Tug of war

Showing the ropes                                                        Hand over fist

Hung out to dry                                                            Piss up a rope

Just enough rope                                                          The bitter end



It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope.
  - Arthur Baer

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
  - Jean Toomer

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
  - Thomas Jefferson

Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself.
  - Proverb

Go hang yourselves (critics): you shall never want rope enough.  
  - Francoise Rabelais (1494 – 1553)

They were suffered to have rope enough ‘till they had haltered themselves.
  - Thomas Fuller

Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity and sin as it were with a cart rope.
  - Bible 5:18  Song of Solomon, Isaiah

Support by the United States is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man.
  - Nikita Khrushchev

Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope.
  - Pete Holiday

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
  - Joseph Stalin

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
  - Norman Cousins

Chemists employed by the police can do remarkable things with blood. They can weave it into a rope to hang a man.
  - Margery Allingham