Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

rope somebody in

rope somebody in
Meaning(s)
1) convince or force someone into doing something they do not want to do
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • roped into doing something bad
  • Analysis
     If someone says they were 'roped in' to something, it generally means that they had not wanted to do that thing. It could be something bad, or illegal, or simply something that they do not like doing. You might get roped in to going on a scary rollercoaster, or find yourself roped in to trying food that looks disgusting! Some people might pretend that they were not interested in doing something they ended up doing, and they could then joke about it: "I can't believe I did that! I shouldn't have let myself get roped in to it!" You will hear this everyday expression used in all types of situations, whether they are social or professional.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When we were kids, my friend roped me in to exploring an abandoned house. It was scary. I should have stayed out!
    2. I'm only here because you roped me in to it. You know I've no interest in this kind of music!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We tried to get out of work on time, but the Manager caught us tidying our desks, so he roped us into working overtime.
    2. Those customers were about to walk out, but I roped them in to buying a new car. I feel a bit guilty about it, but at least my monthly sales are up!
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