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Meaning of “on the ropes” in the English Dictionary

"on the ropes" in British English

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on the ropes

informal doing ​badly and ​likely to ​fail: I ​think the ​business is ​finally on the ​ropes.
(Definition of on the ropes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the ropes" in American English

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on the ropes

in ​serioustrouble or ​likely to ​fail: For a while, ​ourbusiness was on the ​ropes.
(Definition of on the ropes from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “on the ropes”
in Chinese (Simplified) 处于困境, 即将失败,即将完蛋…
in Chinese (Traditional) 處於困境, 即將失敗,即將完蛋…
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