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- v. To learn the basics or master introductory knowledge.
Of nautical origin. The phrase "he knows the ropes" written on a seaman's discharge meant that he was inexperienced and only familiar with a ship's principal ropes. (Wiktionary)
Not only did I have to learn the ropes and weather the inevitable criticism, but I also had to deal with the rejectionthere were certain celebs who wouldnt talk to me.