1. convince or force someone into doing something they do not want to do
roped into doing something bad
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.