Meaning of “on the ropes” in the English Dictionary

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"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 serious trouble or likely to fail:

For a while, our business was on the ropes.

(Definition of “on the ropes” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)