- n. boxing A technique in which the boxer assumes a defensive stance against the ropes and absorbs an opponent's blows, hoping to exploit eventual tiredness or a mistake.
- n. figuratively Any strategy where an apparently losing position is assumed in the hope of eventual victory.
- n. a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
- Coined by the boxer Muhammad Ali. (Wiktionary)
“I've already explained why so much of that was off-base, because Brown's Zen rope-a-dope approach was the fundamentally correct course.”
“That is a great deal of money, and testament to his disciplined Zen rope-a-dope approach to the campaign.”
“So why does Brown, who in the latest polling has taken a lead over billionaire Meg Whitman (whom he finally debates for the first time on Tuesday night), his Zen rope-a-dope strategy beginning to pay off, want to be governor (again)?”
“But Montreal did the rope-a-dope thing again [in game 2], and they came away victorious, so don't count them out.”
“While some anxious folks, and few envious ones, fret about Brown in his current rope-a-dope mode, he has made three times as many public appearances since the primary as Whitman has.”
“Surely, I'm missing something here, but all of this seems like reckless rope-a-dope in the tradition of Muhammad Ali in his best rope-a-doping days.”
“But his Senate tenure has often looked like an endless rope-a-dope.”
“With a little help from his friends, like the California Working Families and Working Californians independent expenditure committees, which are nonetheless being heavily out-spent by Whitman, Brown's Zen rope-a-dope approach to the governor's race has him in a "surprisingly" strong position, considering that he still hasn't spent a dime himself.”
“What I've called his "Zen rope-a-dope campaign" has worked with, to borrow a line from the Beatles, "a little help from his friends.”
“In Dinner for Schmucks, it is quickly and firmly established that the only reason nice-guy Tim agrees to participate in the rope-a-dope dinner is because he wants to get ahead at work, and the only reason he wants to get ahead at work is so his girlfriend will marry him.”
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