1. explain or demonstrate something to someone
show someone/learn the ropes
To 'learn the ropes' means to know how to do something or learn how to do something particularly in regard to a job or skill. When you 'learn the ropes' you discover how a particular task is done. To 'show someone the ropes' IT means to teach someone how to do a particular job or task. If you 'show someone the ropes' it can also mean to help someone get to know a new group neighbourhood or work environment. In a negative context to 'show someone the ropes' can mean to 'rough someone up' or be violent towards them usually as a means of teaching them a lesson. This particular use is colloquial and casual and is associated with 'the ropes' of a boxing ring.